Maggie welcomes new measures to improve train punctuality in Erewash

Local MP Maggie Throup has joined the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in welcoming changes to the way in which train delays are recorded, benefiting consumers by making it easier to hold train companies serving Erewash to account. 

Under the old system, trains are considered delayed if they are 5 or 10 minutes late. This will now change to measuring punctuality to a single minute of the scheduled arrival time.

This Government has made improving the punctuality of trains one of its top transport priorities and this new measure will make it easier to identify trains that are not performing as they should for passengers.

Decent, reliable transport connections are vital, not just to boost growth and bring our regions together, but to rejuvenate some of the towns that often feel left behind in this country.

Under the Conservatives, the railways are undergoing the biggest modernisation since the Victorian times, with £48 billion being spent on new trains, track upgrades and making sure passengers have access to better and more reliable data.

The new plans will also give passengers detailed information on the causes of train delays, ensuring passengers always feel that they are being provided with the best possible service.

Commenting on the changes, Maggie said:

“We rely on the trains to get to work, visit friends and access local services. That is why, as part of my plan for Erewash, I have been campaigning for a more reliable service that residents can have trust in.

“When a train is delayed, even for a relatively short time, passengers should know and be able to hold the train companies to account. This new measure gives people that power.

“The Government, led by Boris Johnson, is committed to ensuring that no part of this country is left behind, and no business is held back, because of poor transport, levelling up opportunities across the country and helping communities like ours in Erewash to prosper.”