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Network Rail fined 2 million pounds over train delays

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Network Rail has been fined 2 million pounds by the rail regulator over train delays and cancellations in 2014-2015.

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The delays were mainly at London Bridge station, but also in Scotland. Network Rail's performance on Southern, on Govia Thameslink (GTR) and in Scotland was "below expectations and missed punctuality targets", the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said.

"Network Rail's performance in respect of passenger services on Southern, GTR, and in Scotland were below expectations and missed punctuality targets in 2014-15. Southern and GTR combined represented a third of punctuality delays and nearly half of cancelled and significantly delayed services in England and Wales.

"ORR's investigation looked into why Network Rail had failed to deliver its performance targets. This included an assessment of whether there were any systemic weaknesses in Network Rail's performance delivery. While there were no systemic weaknesses, ORR's Board took into consideration the repeated past errors by Network Rail on timetabling, lack of liaison with operators and not planning ahead for passengers.

"In Scotland, there were numerous errors in the December 2014 timetable caused by a number of factors including a lack of quality assurance and detailed planning. ORR's findings therefore highlight the need for the company to adopt better planning and quality assurance processes before new timetables are implemented.

"ORR has proposed a £2m financial penalty in relation to Network Rail's impact on GTR and Southern services. Network Rail has the opportunity to offer reparations for affected passengers, instead of having to pay the fine," the Office of Rail and Road said.

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