More trains arrive on time on Doncaster line

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The punctuality of train operator East Coast, which runs through Doncaster, has been steadily improving - but it was still the second poorest performer last month.

East Coast - run in the public sector at present - did slightly better than in April 2010 and last month represented the fourth month in a row that the company’s punctuality improved.

The trains-on-time figure for the London to Scotland line operator was behind all but one of the other operators at 86.5 per cent, although the company’s services were affected by fatalities and cable theft, according to Nework Rail.

A total of 92.9 per cent of trains were on time in April 2011 compared with a figure of 94 per cent in April 2010.

West Coast line operator Virgin Trains, which runs the other main London to Scotland line, had the poorest punctuality last month at 85.8 per cent.

NR’s operations and customer services director Robin Gisby said: “A good start to the year sees train performance continue to deliver consistently high levels of punctuality.

“Our focus remains as we, and the train operators, endeavour to deliver a high-performing and reliable railway for almost four million daily users.”

The East Cost line runs from Edinburgh to London.