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Railwatch 077 - October 1998

Eagle eye on late trains

A survey of train punctuality at Exeter revealed that less than 50% of trains arrived or departed within one minute of their scheduled time.

Gerard Duddridge of RDS South West branch kept watch at the station over 16 weekdays in April and May between 17.00 and 18.00.

The best performing train in his survey was the 14.30 Wales & West from Newquay.

The Virgin 08.50 from Edinburgh and the Great Western 14.45 from London Paddington were the most delayed trains.

Mr Duddridge comments: "The railway has much work to do to achieve the performance levels which passengers expect and pay for."

After analysing the findings, he concludes that reducing timetable changes from year to year would help solve problems. Investing in some new loops and doubled sections of track would also be worthwhile.

Sometimes delays caused by one operator caused problems for another.

The full report is available for £1 (post free) from Gerard Duddridge, 67 Higher Exwick Hill, Exwick, Exeter EX4 2AW. Email: G.A.Duddridge@exeter.ac.uk.

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