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A train service in Yorkshire has been named as the UK’s most cancelled route.
The 7.13am Northern Rail service from Harrogate to Leeds has been cancelled on 28 out of 55 days since the introduction of new timetables in December, meaning that trains actually ran on the route just 49 per cent of the time.
Northern cancelled the most trains of any operator, according to analysis from ontimetrains.co.uk, with more than 5,700 services cancelled between 15 December and 22 February.
Northern was brought into state ownership at the start of March, after the Government acted to strip the failing Arriva Rail North of the franchise.
The 8.12pm TransPennine Express service from Liverpool Lime Street to Preston racked up the second-highest number of cancellations, with 19 trains cancelled out of 47.
Disruption continued to be be a major problem across the entire rail network, with quarterly data from the Office of Rail and Road suggesting that 4.1 per cent of trains were cancelled across Britain – the highest number recorded.
Bruce Williamson, of the campaign group Railfuture, told The Times: “There has been a perfect storm of things going wrong on the railway, with poor management, flooding and faulty trains.
“It means disappointment and frustration for commuters.”