Rail fines ‘counter productive’ says ASLEF

06 September 2012

The Office of Rail Regulation has threatened Network Rail with multi-billion pound fines it fails to improve long-distance punctuality within two years. The rail regulator ORR says that rail was 2.2% below the 92% ‘on-time’ target for the period from April to July. ASLEF’s Mick Whelan has condemned the proposal as ‘utterly counter-productive’.

‘For one thing, the targets are too low. Given the ludicrously high level of rail fares, why should passengers settle for a nine-out-of-ten chance of arriving on time?’ Mick asks. ‘And if Network Rail has a couple of million knocked off its budget, how on earth is it supposed to make improvements?’

More recent figures show an improvement in performance from July to August, with Network Rail saying that 92% of trains ran on time in the late summer period (22 July to 18 August).

The poorest-performing company in the latest statistics was Arriva Trains Wales, whose performance was affected by a landslip that delayed services in the Cardiff Valley area, while the best results came on the London to Tilbury and Southend operator c2c which ran 97.4% of trains on time.

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