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More late trains for East Coast
10:35am Friday 6th September 2013 in Business news
NEARLY one in 20 trains was either cancelled or arrived more than 30 minutes late on a busy London to Scotland rail line this spring, according to new figures.
Passengers on the East Coast line had to contend with 522 trains cancelled or significantly late (CaSL) services in spring 2013 (April to June), the statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) showed.
This CaSL rate amounted to 4.2 per cent of all services and was the highest for any train company.
West Coast services, operated by Virgin Trains, had the second highest CaSL, at 3.9 per cent, while Chiltern had the lowest figure of the franchised operators, with a CaSL of just 1.1%.
Overall, the proportion of franchise trains nationally that were CaSL in spring 2013 was 2.0 per cent which was an improvement on the 2.2 per cent figure in spring 2012 when wet weather badly affected services.
A train is considered to be significantly late if it arrives more than 30 minutes after its scheduled time. Cancellations refer to trains that were terminated before reaching their destination or which never ran at all.
The figures were the first in a series of new statistical releases from the ORR.
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