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Punctuality on the national rail network

As part of the industry’s plan to improve performance and reduce delays, Britain’s rail companies are using the most transparent measure for train punctuality of any railway in Europe known as ‘On Time Measures’. The more detailed data will be used to better understand and address the root causes of delays.

We report the proportion of trains arriving to the minute at stations on the timetable, known as a ‘station stop’. Train companies are also publishing this detailed data on their websites for their routes.

Previously, punctuality was primarily recorded using the Public Performance Measure (PPM) which considered trains to be ‘on time’ if they arrived within five or ten minutes at their final destination only, for short distance and long distance trains respectively. In April 2019, all rail companies began to use the more transparent measure as its primary method of measuring punctuality. Read more about this change: Every second counts as rail firms use new punctuality measures to help improve performance.

Using the data

Using data from the most recent four-week period, the figures below show performance network-wide – quantifying how punctually trains are reaching stations, from ‘early’ through to ‘30 minutes after’ the timetable.

You can view performance information about your specific journeys on My Train Journey.

You can browse historic punctuality figures and other rail performance data on the ORR website.

Last Four Weeks

Journeys Made (approx)
130 Million
Passenger Trains
610,023
Miles Covered
26 Million

Train Arrival Times

Last Four Weeks

30 Jun to 27 Jul 2019

Current official measure

87.7% of trains met the current measure of punctuality (PPM) where short and long distance trains arrived within five and ten minutes of their timetabled arrival at their final destination.

New industry measure

[Hovering over each bar displays the data for the same period in the year before]

Average Passenger Delay

In the four week between 30 Jun to 27 Jul 2019, the average delay to passenger rail journeys in Britain was 2.60 minutes.


Last 12 Months

01-Jul-2018 to 27-Jul-2019

Current official measure

87.4% of trains met the current measure of punctuality (PPM) where short and long distance trains arrived within five and ten minutes of their timetabled arrival at their final destination.

New industry measure

[Hovering over each bar displays the data for the same period in the year before]


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