East Coast trains worst in country

Doncaster Railway Station. Picture: Holly Allen
Doncaster Railway Station. Picture: Holly Allen

Doncaster rail passengers using East Coast Main Line services suffer from some of the worst punctuality in the country, according to new figures.

Late-summer train punctuality has dipped, according to Network Rail which said a total of 91.3 per cent of trains ran on time in the period July 21 to August 17, compared with 92 per cent in the same period last year.

The poorest punctuality was on the two main London to Scotland routes – East Coast and the Virgin-run West Coast.

Only 85.7 per cent of East Coast and 86.2 per cent of West Coast trains were on time. Delays attributable to Network Rail accounted for 69 per cent of delays on the East Coast route, via Doncaster.

The Office of Rail Regulation has warned Network Rail about its punctuality record, particularly on the long-distance routes.

Virgin Trains has also been particularly unhappy with Network Rail’s punctuality on the West Coast.

During the period, the best-performing train company was the London to Tilbury and Southend operator c2c which ran 97.5 per cent of trains on time.

An ORR spokesman said: “Network Rail is not currently achieving the performance targets it was funded to deliver and is responsible for a large proportion of train delays. In order to provide the standards of service and punctuality expected by passengers, NR must quickly improve the management of its assets and catch up on planned renewal work.”