UK train performance dips in October

UK train performance dips in October

Train performance in October saw a marked dip for Britain’s train services. Network Rail today released the latest train performance results which saw 86.3% of trains arriving on time compared with 90.3% for the same period last year.

Period eight (17 October to 13 November) is the first full month of the difficult autumn period that historically sees train performance fall. Average train punctuality for period eight over the last ten years has been 77.6%.

Robin Gisby, director of operations and customer services, said: “The railway has made great strides in reducing the impact of the autumn weather over the past decade, but the start of this year’s has been difficult resulting in disappointing train punctuality.

“The industry has invested heavily, some £30m, in technology and techniques targeted at lessening the impact of autumn. We aim to deliver much better performance in the weeks ahead.”

18 of the 19 operators saw their performance drop compared to the same period last year. London Overground was the most punctual operator during the period with 94.0% of trains on time. 10 operators saw significant movement in their performance (over three percentage points):