South West Trains sees punctuality decline

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FIGURES show that fewer South West trains were on time in March than during the same period last year.

A total of 94.8 per cent of the company’s trains met National Rail’s punctuality standard for last month – a decline from 95 per cent from March 2010.

This is still above the national average figure for March of 92.4 per cent.

South West Trains hailed the result as showing it is among the most punctual operators in the country.

Managing director, Andy Pitt, said: ‘Our staff are committed to delivering consistently reliable services for our passengers, and these latest results are testament to the hard work they put in every day.

‘We know the impact that external factors can often have on our train services and the service we can provide to our passengers.

‘However, we will continue to work hard to improve our performance even further.’

South West Trains operates around 1,700 trains a day, and is part of the Stagecoach Group which employs around 35,000 people in the UK.