Manchester stations top list with most disrupted trains
Manchester Oxford Road has been named as the British station with the most delayed trains, according to consumer product researcher Which.
Which analysed data from On Time Trains from between January and September this year, showing that 68% of trains from Oxford Road experienced delays. At peak times, this reached as much as 77%.
Manchester stations overall fared badly in Which’s top 10 most delayed stations, with Piccadilly and Victoria also featuring fifth and eight respectively. Manchester was the only city to have more than one station in the Top 10. Liverpool Central was the only other North West station mentioned and ranked tenth on the list, with 49% of trains delayed.
London stations were considered in a separate list to the rest of the country’s stations, but all still rated better than Oxford Road and Piccadilly. The worst station, Clapham Junction, has 54% of trains delayed, still fewer than Piccadilly’s 56%.
In terms of most cancelled trains, London King’s Cross came top at 6%, but Oxford Road followed shortly after at 5%, and Victoria and Piccadilly both had 4% cancellations.
Which named East Midlands and TransPennine Express as the worst-performing train operators to run out of Oxford Road, with more than 70% of their trains experiencing delays.
Customers across the North have experienced a huge amount of train disruption this year, particularly associated with Network Rail’s delay in completing upgrade work and Northern implementing an emergency timetable which threw journeys into disarray in May.
Which is the brand name used by the Consumers’ Association, a charity which researches goods and services to encourage better quality for consumers. Read its analysis of train delays in full here