Diss train operator Greater Anglia’s recently-announced train punctuality figures have been disputed by the owner and operator of most of the UK’s rail infrastructure.
Long-distance trains - such as the Norwich to London Liverpool Street service - are logged as being ‘on time’ by train operators if they arrive within ten minutes of the stated arrival time.
However, removing this loophole would see Greater Anglia’s ‘moving annual average’ for the last year drop from 92.5 per cent of trains not being ‘late’ to 71.8 per cent, according to a report published by Network Rail. Other operators, such as Virgin Trains, would see their punctuality stats drop from 83.1 per cent to 47.4 per cent.
However, about 60 per cent of delays over the last year have been attributed to Network Rail.
Nevertheless, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers boss, Bob Crow, who called the stats “shocking”,said: “Under privatisation, people are paying the highest fares in Europe to travel on some of the most unreliable services.”