Anyone planning on travelling by train this Christmas is being warned to check for disruption on a number of routes.
Towns and cities in the East could be among the worst affected by HS2, new figures have revealed.
Network Rail has revealed that 30% of trains failed to arrive within a minute of their timetabled arrival time.
– A DfT spokesman
These figures show that the new north south railway is vital to rebalance our economy and it boosts the north overall more than the south. Of course the line does not serve every city and region and these figures reflect that.
But it is wrong to take them in isolation. HS2 is part of a much bigger boost to our transport system - £73bn in the next parliament, of which HS2 is just £17bn. This will massively benefit places HS2 will not serve long before the line opens.
Cities across the UK could lose up to £220 million each as a result of HS2, according to previously unseen research.
The more than 50 areas which will be worse off - including Bristol, Cambridge and Aberdeen - were omitted from the Government-commissioned report when it was published in September, the BBC said.
The full findings of the KPMG study into the business case of the high speed rail route were released following a Freedom of Information request by BBC Two's Newsnight programme. The chief executive of HS2 Ltd told the programme the figures were unsurprising.
Figures released by National Rail today have tracked the punctuality of every train company in the country over the past month.
We've collected the statistics for all the companies that operate in and out of the capital so you can see how your service compares.
c2c rail - 97.8%
Chiltern - 97.1%
London Overground - 96.6%
Greater Anglia - 94%
Southeastern - 92.6%
South West Trains - 92.4%
Virgin Trains - 92.2%
East Midlands Trains - 92%
First Great Western - 89.3%
East Coast - 89.3%
Southern - 89.9%
First Capital Connect - 88.9%
London Midland - 88.7%
Topping the list was c2c Rail with 97.8% of its London to Tilbury and Southend services on time. It was followed by Chiltern, which connects the capital with stations as far as Birmingham.
Bottom of the list was London Midland, with only 88.7% of its services throughout London, the Midlands and the North West being on time, with First Capital Connect a close second.
The announcement that train fares will rise yet again next year has brought little cheer from passengers travelling on the country's rail network.
The Government has defended the 4.1% average rise in season ticket costs in England as necessary to maintaining an efficient system, while defending the continuing use of funds to pay for rail boss bonuses.
But commuters were left largely unimpressed, with one rail user at Euston Station branding the latest increase in prices "disgusting", as ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:
Campaign for Better Transport says ordinary families are already struggling to cope when the average wage is barely increasing.
Stephen Joseph says there is a limit to how far we can keep pushing fares above inflation.
Boris Johnson is being urged to block a fare-rise of over 4% on London's transport network.
The price-hike could add up to £200 to the average season ticket.
But the Mayor will have the final say over how much commuters already struggling with cost of living will have to pay. Dan Hewitt reports.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has defended a new round of bonuses to rail bosses while commuters are forced to pay a higher average cost of rail travel for an 11th year in a row.
Mr McLoughlin told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he had not "interfered with" Network Rail's rail contracts because it was a "private operating company ... set up by the last government".
He played down the issue of bonuses, saying: "The simple fact is that what people want is for our railway system to work effectively and efficiently. And they want those delays cutting out so I think the value is important that we get those kinds of service improvements and we keep down the cost."
Asked why rail bosses could not achieve this without extra financial incentives, he said: "Bonuses are one way which are a reward for delivering those services ... There is a bit more than just doing their job we are talking about some very very complicated engineering works that are going on."
Labour has responded to the Department of Transport's increase in regulated train fares with a pledge to halt price rises.
Labour will cap rail fare rises & make it easier to get the cheapest ticket for your journey. That’s how you help fix a #costoflivingcrisis