Bad weather and over-ambitious timetables dented performance Bad weather and over-ambitious timetables dented performance

Savage winter weather and over-ambitious spring timetables have dented rail performance over the past year, according to the Office of Rail and Road. Punctuality sagged to its lowest for 12 years partly as a result of the ‘Beast from the East’ which swept across the country in February and March, bringing ice and snow to almost everywhere in Britain, including Devon and Cornwall. The May timetables added a further layer of unpunctuality, as it quickly became clear that new timetables on Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern were unworkable.

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