Train Times and Delays

Train Times and Delays

Train times in the UK can be as unpredictable as the weather, with delays and cancellations becoming more and more a part of people's daily routine and commute. Although there may be certain assumptions made about which journeys will be trouble free or guaranteed to make you slightly tardy, we've dispelled all the myths and have collated a bunch of data about the best and worst train delays in the UK.

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The sample was based on the most popular regional connections from GoEuro search data to give a fair representation of travel to and within each region. And we think there might be some surprises in store, so watch this space (or scroll down) to be truly intrigued. If you wish to find out more information about your rights as a consumer if you happen to fall victim to these pesky delays or if you simply wish to know more about trains times in general, click here.

Highlights and Lowlights of Train Delays in the UK

Before we get into the nitty gritty, here is some information you never thought you needed to know about train times but are delighted you do! More details and further information can be found on each on these highlights below.


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Complete Information of the Delays in each Region in the UK

In order to fully compare and contrast the results collated for each region; have a click about on the table below, which can be sorted based on average delay, trains that arrive later than 5, 10 or 20 minutes and the maximum delay travelling to that region!

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final uk map copy 3 Created with Sketch. 1. East Midlands 2:43 mins 2. North West 2:56 mins 4. West Midlands 3:29 mins 9. Wales 5:38 mins 8. South West 4:54 mins 3. East England 3:05 mins 6. London 3:40 mins 5. Yorkshire 3:36 mins 11. Scotland 5:47 mins 7. North East 4:44 mins 10. South East 5:45 mins .co.uk - + -

Which Regions are the most Delayed in the UK?


  • 9% of trains travelling to and within the South East of England arrive more than 20 minutes later than the scheduled arrival time.

  • 29% of trains travelling to and within Wales arrive more than 5 minutes later than the scheduled arrival time.

  • Finally, the maximum delay of all connections from our sample occurs in the South East, at 103 minutes.

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    Reliability of Routes: % of on time journeys

    Here we have the most and least reliable journeys. The percentages represent the frequency that these journeys are no more than 5 minutes late. Meaning, if you're travelling from Croydon to Brighton it will arrive more than 5 minutes late 58% of time and within 5 minutes 42% of the time. So the percentage basically represents the frenquency the trains are on time (arrive within 5 minutes).

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    Most Reliable Routes

    Least Reliable Routes

    Artboard Copy 2 Created with Sketch. 96% 96% 96% 96% 95% 95% 95% 95% 94% 94% 42% 53% 54% 54% London - Brighton Birmingham - Bangor Croydon - Brighton Glasgow - Inverness Eastbourne - London Victoria Bangor - Swansea Brighton - Portsmouth Stirling - Inverness Chester - Bangor Bedford - Brighton Northampton - London Euston Dover - London Victoria Stansted - Cambridge Bournemouth - Southampton Liverpool - Chester Lincoln - Nottingham Leicester - Peterborough Cambridge - London Liverpool Street Stansted - London Liverpool Street Nottingham - Derby 62% 62% 62% 63% 64% 55% .co.uk

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    Odds are, if you miss your flight at Stansted airport, it wont be at the hands of train delays! Getting to Stansted airport from Cambridge should be a breeze, with only 4% of the trains exceeding 5 minutes of their expected duration. Somewhat surprisingly, we can also see our capital rearing its head on the more reliable side of the spectrum. Sadly, Brighton is the counterpart to almost 50% of the least reliable routes; at this stage we could almost call this delightful seaside town a repeat offender.


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    Efficiency of Routes: % of journey added on

    Looking at the average delay is great and all; however, this often doesn't paint the entire picture. That's why we thought it would be interesting to see how these delays measure up in relation to their journey time. Below you can see what percentage of the journey is added on to the least efficient train routes from our sample.

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    Artboard Copy Created with Sketch. Bath Bristol London Brighton Sheffield Derby Bristol Bath Croydon Brighton 15 mins 1h 3 mins 30 mins 13 mins 50 mins 4:16 min 9:46 min 4:29 min 1:55 min 6:56 min Scheduled Duration Av.Delay % Added on +28.24% +15.35% +14.76% +14.64% +13.89% .co.uk

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    The efficiency of routes in our sample seem to heavily favour long distance journeys with the majority of least efficient routes under 1 hour in duration. Putting these delays into perspective can be interesting, as you can see Bristol to Bath has an average delay of just 1 minute 55 seconds, but even so, it will add on average of almost 15% onto your total journey.


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    Train companies delay and compensation policies

    Here is full list of train companies in the UK and any conpensation you might expect to recieve in the case of a delay.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late... You're entitled to at least 50% of the cost of a single ticket or at least 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant a portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single or return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Northern Rails official website


    When the train is over 30 minutes late... You're entitled to at least 50% of the cost of a single ticket or at least 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...Entitled to the full cost of a single ticket or full cost of either portion of your return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Abellio Greater Anglias's official website


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of a return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of a return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Chiltern railways official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the cost of a return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of a return ticket.

    Claims can be made online or claimants can write to the customer relations department.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit C2C's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit East Midlands Trains official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Cross Countries official website.


    For high-speed services: When the train is over 60 minutes late you're entitled to 100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket. When the train is over 2 hours late passengers get the total refund of all tickets.

    London - Thames Valley Services: When the train is over 30 minutes late you may claim compensation only if the total duration of the journey is less than 1 hour. When the train is over 1 hour late you may claim compensation only if the total duration of the journey is over 1 hour

    Bristol Suburban, Devon, Plymouth & Cornwall, and South Wales - South Coast services: You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the relevant portion of the return ticket, if the train is over an hour late.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Great Western Rail's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the cost of the relevant a portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit First Hull Train's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single or return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Transpennine Express's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of a return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Gatwick Express's official website.


    When the train is over an hour late...You're entitled to At least 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of a return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Grand Central's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Great Northern's official website.

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    When the train is over 15 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket.

    When the train is over 30 minutes late...100% of the cost of a single ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Heathrow Express's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of a return.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit London Midlands official website.


    When the train is over 15 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket.

    When the train is over 30 minutes late...100% of the cost of a single ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit TFL's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    When the train is over an hour late...You're entitled to 100% of the cost of the journey.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Merseyrail's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit ScotRail's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 25% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Southerns official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 100% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Greater Anglia's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an late...100% of the cost of a single ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit TFL's official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over an hour late...100% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the relevant portion of the return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Virgin Trains official website.


    When the train is over 30 minutes late...You're entitled to 50% of the cost of a single ticket or 50% of the cost of the relevant portion of a return ticket as appropriate.

    When the train is over 30 minutes late...100% of the cost of a one-way or return ticket.

    For more information on how to claim this compensation, visit Virgin Train East Coasts official website.


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    Find Train Times in the UK

    Use the GoEuro timetable tool to find rail times for your route. Look up departure and arrival times, and view the specific station names on each route. On top of that, you can use it to find out if you need to make a reservation for certain trains, as well as if you can get a discount with a railcard, something you can't find out by looking at the rail timetable boards at the station.

    Popular Cities of Departure

    Located below is some timetable information on our most popular routes. Just click the name of the departure city for a selection of major journeys leaving from there and then click the link for an in-depth overview of departure times. If you don't see the journey or station you're after on this page, just enter in a search with your departure time and chosen route and the results with the travel information and corresponding rail fares will show up in no time at all. A railcard will entitle the holder to discounts on domestic journeys in the UK. Tickets and fares for international journeys are not reduced by owning a railcard, country specific railcard equivalents are required.

    Train times for Popular Routes

    Aberdeen

    Alicante

    Amsterdam

    Barcelona

    Bath

    Berlin

    Birmingham

    Bradford

    Brighton

    Bristol

    Brussels

    Budapest

    Cambridge

    Cardiff

    Carlisle

    Coventry

    Derby

    Doncaster

    Durham

    Edinburgh

    Exeter

    Glasgow

    Guildford

    Hastings

    Hull

    Leeds

    Leicester

    Liverpool

    London

    Luton

    Madrid

    Manchester

    Milton Keynes

    Munich

    Newcastle

    Northampton

    Norwich

    Nottingham

    Oxford

    Paris

    Peterborough

    Plymouth

    Prague

    Preston

    Reading

    Salisbury

    Sheffield

    Southampton

    Stoke-on-Trent

    Swansea

    Swindon

    York


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