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Figures reveal how trains take the strain on punctuality

Words: Huw Morris

Fewer than two-thirds of trains arrived at stations on time in the year ending 2019-20, according to the industry regulator.

Punctuality measures set by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) register trains as on time when they arrive at stations within one minute of the timetable. The proportion of recorded station stops that arrived at ‘on time’ in Great Britain during the year ending June 2019 was 64.7 per cent.

The figures also show that 87 per cent of trains arrived at their final destination within five minutes of their scheduled time, or 10 minutes for long-distance services. 

However, the measure does not cover cancelled trains or those that miss stops. ORR statistics show that 2.8 per cent of trains were cancelled in the past year, down just 0.1 per cent on the previous year.

Around 90 per cent of all station stops are currently recorded. No estimates have been made for punctuality at the 10 per cent of station stops not recorded.

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