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Punctuality on the national rail network

Since July 2017, Britain’s rail companies have been using the most transparent measure for train punctuality of any railway in Europe as part of our drive to improve services for passengers for the long-term.

We are reporting the proportion of trains arriving to the minute at every station on the timetable, known as a ‘station stop’, where technology allows (currently, we can measure this at 80% of all stops and we are working to increase this). You can read the announcement about this on our website.

The current official measure of punctuality, known as the public performance measure (PPM), considers trains to be ‘on time’ if they are five or 10 minutes after schedule, for short and long distance trains are respectively, at their final destination. From April 2019, the industry will use the more transparent measure as its official punctuality metric.

The figures below illustrate this new measure using data from the most recent period – quantifying how punctually trains are reaching stations, from ‘early’ through to ‘30 minutes after’ the timetable.

You can find out more about the industry's current official measure of punctuality on the Network Rail website.

More detailed data, including historic punctuality figures, can be found on the ORR website.

Last Four Weeks

Journeys Made (approx)
130 Million
Passenger Trains
600,697
Miles Covered
25 Million

Train Arrival Times

Last Four Weeks

03 Feb to 02 Mar 2019

Current official measure

89.1% 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 03 Feb to 02 Mar 2019, the average delay to passenger rail journeys in Britain was 2.57 minutes.


Last 12 Months

04-Feb-2018 to 09-Mar-2019

Current official measure

86.1% 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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