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).