Southern Rail's Brighton to London service is the worst in Britain

Southern's Brighton to London was late every day for a year


Southern Rail's 7.29 Brighton to London Victoria train is Britain's worst train service.

Figures reveal that the train failed to arrive on time on any occasion out of 240 attempts in 2014.

The service is on of Britain's busiest commuter trains, reports the Telegraph. It is scheduled to arrive in London at 8.35am in time for a 9am start at work.

Southern Rail's managing director David Scorey admitted that they are not delivering the level of performance customers expect, the Evening Standard reports.

"We are delivering in a lot of areas, including investment and innovation, but not on performance. We're doing more in that area, that's a major area we're focusing on", he said.

"Our network is very busy and congested. An analogy that I'd use is the M25 at its busiest time.

"Our network is a bit like that and what we're trying to do is run as many trains as we can because the capacity is needed.

"People want those trains, want seats on the trains, want trains to be as long as they can because there is demand for it.

"But it does mean that trains are running very, very close together - particularly as they approach London.

"If there is the most minor of problem or delay on a train, another train can be thrown off its path or slot on the network by a couple of minutes which can sometimes then snowball a little to five or six minutes late.

"We've identified some issues with the 7.29, with the way it interacts with other services, but the timetable and the capacity demand is so intense that some of the options of what we can do are quite limited."

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This Edwardian station was built in the early 1900s and is operated by East Midlands Trains. 59 per cent of people surveyed said they were satisfied with the station - a low score which ranked it bottom for both cleanliness and facilities in the Passenger Focus National Passenger survey.

Birmingham New Street railway station is the largest and busiest serving Birmingham. Despite the regular flow of people, only 64% of passengers surveyed in the National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) are satisfied with the sation. 

London Bridge railway station is a central London railway station and a London Underground complex in the London Borough of Southwark. The station is the oldest railway station in central London and one of the oldest in the world. 67% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this station, the fourth busiest station in London. 

Peterborough railway station is a major interchange serving both the north-south ECML, as well as East-West long-distance and local services. The station is managed by East Coast. Just 67% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this station.

Crewe station was completed in 1837 and is one of the most historic railway stations in the world. Like London Bridge and Peterborough, only 67% of passengeres surveyed were happy with this station.

Gatwick Airport station provides a direct rail connection to London. The station platforms are located about 70 metres away from the airport's South Terminal. 69% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this station.

Stockport railway station was identified as one of the ten worst category B interchange stations by a mystery shopper assessment in 2009. Despite improvements being made to the station since, it is still one of the ten worst stations with only 70% of passengers satisfied with the station.

Clapham Junction station is one of the busiest in Europe by number of trains using it with many routes from London's two busiest termini, London Waterloo and London Victoria. Only 71% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with this busy station.

Maidenhead railway station serves the town of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. It is served by local services operated by First Great Western from London Paddington to Reading, and is also the junction for the Marlow Branch Line. The survey showed 71 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the overall quality of the station, giving it the ninth lowest satisfaction rating. 

Coventry station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving. Despite this convenient feature, only 72% of passengers surveyed were satisfied with the station. 

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