Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hard to Believe, but Our Trains Are Better

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hard to Believe, but Our Trains Are Better

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

THE only London commuter rail operator not under private control has shown an "above average" improvement in train timekeeping, it is revealed today.

Performance during peak periods on South Eastern Trains (SET), which serves the busy lines from Kent and south-east London, improved by 5.1 per cent compared with an average of 4.6 per cent for all 10 operators serving the capital.

This will lead to renewed demands from the rail unions to keep SET, formerly run by Connex, under public control.

Ministers will be quick to point out that most train operators have shown dramatic improvement and that record investment in the railways-- [pounds sterling]5 billion a year - is at last paying off. The quarterly figures show huge improvements across the country. Commuters will find this hard to believe but service on all London routes is getting better.

After making sweeping changes to its timetable this week, South West Trains (SWT), which runs services into Waterloo station, improved by three per cent to 79. …

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