Responding to the Office of Rail Regulation’s decision to fine Network Rail £3million for a breach of licence over its new timetabling system, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies said:
“The problems experienced with the introduction of the integrated train planning system impacted on all train companies, leaving some unable to make trains available to passengers to book tickets in advance. We are pleased that the ORR has taken the issue seriously and given a strong message with the penalty.
“Train companies have been working hard with Network Rail to make sure the issues are resolved while minimising the effect on passengers. The vast majority of the problems have now been addressed, and passengers can take full advantage of booking good value Advance fares.”