TRAIN reliability in the UK has reached its worst ever level after another month of disruption.
The industry’s cancellation rate in the 12 months ended Aug. 20 was 3.7 percent, according to an analysis of Office of Rail and Road data by the PA news agency.
That was the worst reliability in records from 2015.
Strikes over jobs, wages and working conditions have led to a flood of layoffs in recent months.
The cancellation values reflect the percentage of services that were either fully or partially canceled.
Each partial cancellation is counted as half a full cancellation.
The score for all services over the latest available four-week data period from July 24 to August 20 was 4.9 percent.
The worst individual operator between these dates was Avanti West Coast with an all-time highest score of 14.9 percent.
Other operators that also had the worst reliability over a four-week period are London North Eastern Railway (11 percent), East Midlands Railway (5.5 percent) and Grand Central (12 percent).
The Govia Thameslink Railway – which consists of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express services – had the second-worst cancellation rate at 11.1 per cent.
A spokesman for industry association Rail Delivery Group said: “We recognize that reliability and punctuality are the key areas of improvement for our passengers and we apologize to anyone who has experienced a disruption to their travel plans.
“We must end the unnecessary and damaging strikes called by transport union leaders who are disrupting passenger plans, undermining ailing companies and upending the industry’s recovery.
“They reject the very reforms that will improve reliability and punctuality, thereby helping to build a sustainable railway.”
Another rail strike has been announced by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union for early October as industrial action continues across the country.
It has been announced that on Saturday October 8, 40,000 RMT workers at Network Rail and 15 train operators are planning to exit.
This comes on top of the rail strikes planned by train drivers’ union Aslef, scheduled for Saturday 1st October and Wednesday 5th October.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22571027.train-cancellations-hit-worst-level-record-across-country/?ref=rss Train cancellations reached their worst-ever level nationwide