REVEALED: Southern Rail record worst punctuality figures in six years

Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

March 1962 and a naval rating signals Halt to more conventional traffic as the Saunders-Roe SRN1 crosses the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent and returns to HMS Ariel, now the site of the Hovercraft Museum. Roles such as anti-submarine warfare, air-sea rescue and mine countermeasures were foreseen.						                                Pictures courtesy Amberley Publishing

Spotlight hovers over Lee-on-the-Solent museum

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SOUTHERN Rail has recorded some of its worst punctuality figures in six years.

Just 56.7 per cent of mainline and coastal services arrived at their destination within five minutes of the scheduled time in the four weeks to December 10, according to Network Rail data - among the poorest performances since publically-available records began in 2010.

A company spokesman apologised and blamed the figures on recent industrial action by workers.

He said: ‘This reflects the significant impact that the wholly unjustified industrial action being taken by Aslef and the RMT is having and the on-going additional knock-on delays from the London Bridge redevelopment.

‘There have also been performance issues on Great Northern caused by weather, signal failures in key locations and problems with the ageing trains we have begun to replace on this route.

‘We’re sorry - our passengers deserve better and, together with Network Rail, we’re working hard to improve performance.’

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