“LEAVES ON THE LINE” BLAMED AS PENARTH TRAIN PUNCTUALITY GETS WORSE

An Arriva Trains unit changing its destination board at Penarth’s Dingle Rd Station before continuing the climb to Penarth Town . One in ten trains runs late.

Fewer Arriva trains were operated on time in 2016 than in the year before – according to the annual report of the German-owned company which operates all the rail services from Penarth Station

Broadly speaking,  one in every ten journeys made on Arriva trains does not operate on time .

The actual punctuality figures show time-keeping got worse in 2016 –  with only 91.3% of services running to time – compared with 92.8% of services in 2015.

The Arriva directors put the further decline in punctuality down to reduction down to “the challenges of extensive Network Rail engineering and re-signalling works”, together with what they call  “a more impactful leaf fall season”.

Meanwhile pre-tax profit has grown to almost £28,200,000 at Arriva Trains Wales following a further growth in passenger numbers. Turnover in 2016 was £278,500,000.

Arriva Trains Wales’s franchise ends next year but is bidding again for the right to run trains in Wales against Abellio Rail Cymru, KeolisAmey and MTR Corporation (Cymru).

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5 Responses to “LEAVES ON THE LINE” BLAMED AS PENARTH TRAIN PUNCTUALITY GETS WORSE

  1. Steve says:

    ‘German owned’ eh? I sense some degree of disapproval there.

    Never mind, vote properly at the next election and you can have ‘Labour Controlled’ trains!

    Choices, choices…..

  2. GRR says:

    Oh for God sakes !!!!!!!!….that old chestnut …Might they consider getting a 21st rolling stock to carry us from Penarth , instead of a train that looks and feels as if its from a third World country !!!!!! we’re always short changed by Arriva trains wales

  3. ATWs benchmark for functionally is 88% which they have comfortably exceeded.

    ATW have done a remarkable job in providing the service they do with no help from the London government or DfT.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmwelaf/589/589.pdf
    https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmwelaf/1111/1111.pdf

  4. Tim Hughes says:

    I think I prefer monopolistic activities to be in state ownership. Given the high prices of uk train tickets, the existing large government subsidy, the poor state of the rail infrastructure I would enjoy reading a fact based defence of the current privatised approach. I could do with a good laugh.

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