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Govia Thameslink averages nine late trains a day for three months

ThameslinkA study of train movements has found that Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has the worst record for tardiness in the Greater London region. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) examined late departures and arrivals for the three months between July and September 2015 and found GTR averaged nine per day for the period.

GTR holds the franchises for the operation of Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Southern trains. ORR says the number of late running GTR trains was up by almost 73 per cent when compared to figures from the previous quarter-year period.

The study found South West Trains had the second worst lateness record of the London train companies with five a day. Southeastern was third with an average of four late trains every day. The study only took into account trains that were 30 minutes or more late, but not those above 120 minutes behind schedule.

In Britain as a whole for the period in question, 57 trains a day were late on average and the grand total was 5,250 tardy arrivals. The Campaign for Better Transport’s James MacColl said train operators needed to become more efficient and keep passengers informed about their rights to compensation in the case of serious delays.

The Rail Delivery Group is a coalition of Network Rail and the UK’s train operating companies. A spokesperson noted the group was striving to make trains punctual and also to keep passengers better informed about service disruptions. However, he did say that the rail network was getting busier every year and any delays were bound to have greater consequences.

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