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More trains running on time in the north west

Train punctuality improving in the north west Photo: Press Association

Train punctuality in early autumn improved despite flooding and landslips on the West Coast main line which runs through the North West.

Rail companies ran 92.3% of trains on time between September 16 and October 13, compared with 91.5% in the same period last year.

The bad weather on the West Coast line meant the line's operator Virgin Trains was only able to run 86.1% of its trains on time in the early autumn this year.

A death near Rugby and track problems north of Preston also caused significant disruption to Virgin services this month.

Virgin is carrying on running West Coast for the time being following the now-scrapped bidding competition for a new 13-year franchise for the line which was originally awarded to FirstGroup.

London Midland also ran only 86.1% of trains on time this early autumn and, with Virgin, was the poorest-performing company.

The best-performing train operator was the London to Tilbury and Southend company c2c, run by National Express, which set a new UK punctuality record for this period of 98.2%.