Thursday 21 February 2019 / 11:46 AM Andy McDonald / Transport

Late and cancelled trains harm the economy – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on Passenger and Freight Rail Performance stats out today, said:

“These figures are an indictment of the failing privatised railway under Chris Grayling’s stewardship. It is an insult to passengers that fares have soared above wages since 2010 yet the reliability of the railway has gone into decline.

“Late and cancelled trains harm the economy and damage people’s personal and family lives. We cannot allow this to continue.

“The privatised railway is broken and is unable to provide affordable or reliable services. Labour will take the railway into public ownership to improve services and hold fares down.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Latest Passenger and Freight Rail Performance 2018-19 Q3 show that Cancelled or Significantly Late (CaSL) figures are up compared to 2017-18 Q3.
CaSL MAA – 2018-19 Q3 Compared with 2017-18 Q3
National (GB) 4.6% 1.1 pp
Regional and Scotland 3.8% 1.3 pp
London and South East 4.7% 0.7 pp
Long Distance 7.8% 2.9 pp

 

Source: Passenger and Freight Rail Performance 2018-19 Q3 Statistical Release, https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/40491/passenger-freight-performance-2018-19-q3.pdf