Bad weather hits train punctuality

The bad weather saw punctuality times for trains across the country fall Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The severe winter storms took their toll on train punctuality including that of CrossCountry last month, according to official figures.

The CrossCountry train company, managed only a punctuality figure of 78.1% in February, compared with 88.8% for February 2013.

First Great Western, affected by the severe damage to the coastal track at Dawlish in Devon, had a trains-on-time figure of only 80.4% last month, compared with 91.8% in February 2013.

Since December staff dealt with more than 500 fallen trees blocking lines, 285 flooded sites and 73 landslips or line washouts.

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