VIDEO: Manchester Piccadilly and its month worth of train delays in first quarter of 2016

Trains leaving and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly have amassed over 30 days of late minutes in the first quarter of 2016.

A freedom of information request filed with Network Rail revealed that between January 1 and April 25, 30,445 trains arrived and 28,711 trains left Manchester Piccadilly, accumulating a colossal 51,031 late minutes arriving and 46,977 minutes late leaving.

This translates to 35.44 and 32.62 days late leaving and arriving respectively.

A spokesperson for Network Rail told MM: “We are not complacent and regrettably things do go wrong.

“When they do we do everything we can to resolve them and, working with train operators, strive to provide the best possible level of service to passengers. 

Network Rail is directly responsible for 60% of all delays, with the rest covered by train operators.

The most common causes for delay are engineering works, knock-on delays, external factors such as fatalities and vandalism, as well as a whole host of weather effects like flooding.

Damien Greenhalgh, chair of High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, said: “Delays to a rail user’s journey are always unfortunate and are to be avoided wherever possible, so this data is disappointing.

“The rail industry as a whole therefore needs to better manage planned and unplanned disruption, particularly when due to staffing, getting services back to normal as soon as possible and keeping passengers well informed.”

Manchester Piccadilly has an average footfall of 744,666 a week, that’s a huge amount of disrupted travelers and commuters.

Image courtesy of Bart E via Flickr, with thanks.

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