York Station is second worst for reliability – and these are its most cancelled trains

A TransPennine Express train at York Station. Photograph © Matt Buck on Flickr
9 Mar 2020 @ 7.23 am
| Transport

York’s least reliable trains have been revealed.

And it won’t come as a great surprise to regular rail passengers that the honours are shared by TransPennine Express and Northern.

An investigation into rail reliability by The Sunday Times, based on figures compiled by On Time Trains, has found that northern travellers fare the worst on Britain’s rail network.

Between 15 December to 22 February 2020, the worst service was the 7.13am service from Harrogate to Leeds, cancelled 28 times in 55 days.

And these were the most unreliable York services:

OperatorServiceTrainsCancelled% Cancelled
Transpennine Express05:49 York to Manchester Airport571221%
Transpennine Express04:27 York to Manchester Airport501122%
Northern18:08 York to Leeds581017%
Transpennine Express21:35 Manchester Airport to York581017%
Northern17:42 York to Leeds56916%
Northern17:16 Leeds to York57916%
Northern06:33 Leeds to York55815%
Northern15:07 York to Leeds58814%
Northern07:56 York to Leeds55713%
Northern19:11 York to Leeds55713%

Lowly ranking

A Northern train at York station. Photograph: YorkMix

Figures from On Time Trains shows that York is the second worst of Britain’s 100 busiest stations.

In terms of its performance in getting trains away on time, only Manchester Oxford Road rates more poorly than York.

That puts it 2,542nd in the rankings of all the UK’s 2,619 stations.

York is Britain’s 42nd busiest station, with an average of 30,205 passengers a day.

Worst of top 100 busiest stations

RankStation
1Manchester Oxford Road
2York
3Coventry
4Sheffield
5Birmingham International
6Newcastle
7Milton Keynes Central
8Manchester Victoria
9Leeds
10Manchester Airport
York Station – daily performance  
York Station – hourly performance   Source: On Time Trains

Northern trains was brought back under public ownership in January.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said passengers had “lost trust in the North’s rail network”.