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Number of trains running on time not good enough, say campaigners

30 July 2015

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to new government figures which show that between 31 May and 27 June this year the number of trains arriving at their destination on time has fallen compared to the same period last year. 

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"Any drop in overall performance and punctuality is worrying and whilst there could be any number of unavoidable reasons why a train arrives late at its destination, the way train companies and Network Rail have been working together in recent months needs to be looked at. 

The main areas for improvement have to be how delays and disruptions are dealt with. If a train is running late modern communications mean passengers should have accurate, up to date information before they've started their journeys ensuring they have time to make alternative arrangements if necessary. 

Across the country millions of people rely on trains for work and leisure purposes and it is time the train operators and the government get a grip of the situation and start to give passengers what they want: an affordable and reliable rail service.”

For further information please contact: 

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to editors

•    91.3 per cent of trains arrived at their destination on time between 31 May and 27 June 2015 in Great Britain, a decrease from 91.7 per cent the same period last year. 

•    A train is defined as on time if it arrives at its destination within five minutes of the scheduled arrival time for London, the South East and regional operators or within ten minutes for long-distance operators.

•    For more information on the Department of Transport’s train running figures visit Gov.UK website.

•    Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929)

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