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Record level of punctuality for trains

GOOD news for commuters -- more trains are arriving on time, or almost on time, than ever before, according to Iarnrod Eireann.

The company said punctuality levels on its rail network reached record highs in the first three months of the year at 97.5pc.

But the definition of punctuality as set out by the National Transport Authority means being on time, or within 10 minutes of being on time.

For DART services, the criteria reduces to within five minutes of being on time. A spokesman said rail systems across the world adopted similar bands to record punctuality.

Between January and March, punctuality levels on Intercity stood at 97.5pc, while commuter services were at 98.8pc and DART 91.1pc.

An Iarnrod Eireann spokesman said the semi-state company was continuously striving for better timekeeping.

"This very strong performance is the result of the efforts of staff in every function in Iarnrod Eireann, and the benefits of investment in fleet, infrastructure and other systems in recent years," he said.

The best-performing routes were the Limerick-Dublin line with 98.9pc, followed by Galway-Dublin on 98.5pc and Cork- Dublin on 98.3pc. The worst were Rosslare-Dublin with 95.6pc, Sligo-Dublin with 96.8pc and Kerry-Dublin with 96.9pc.

Iarnrod Eireann said the figures were raw and included delays caused by factors outside of the company's control.

The spokesman stated the company was performing better than the statistics suggested.

During the same period last year, punctuality levels on Intercity were 91.88pc, Commuter services were at 97.05pc and on DART were 87.62pc.

Irish Independent