With fares on the rise and trains frequently being cancelled, some Brits have come to loathe the dreaded work commute. However, it seems Manchester commuters have got it worse than others when it comes to travelling into the city. In a recent survey, Manchester Oxford Road was named ‘the worst train station in the UK’ for commuters, with only 35% of trains actually arriving on time.
Online ink and toner supplier TonerGiant carried out a survey to find which UK train station is the worst for commuters. They analysed the top 100 busiest train and tube stations across the UK, to identify where commuters experience the most amount of delays and cancellations.
Manchester Oxford Road was found to be the worst station, with 65% of all trains passing through the station being delayed or cancelled. The research showed that trains at Manchester Oxford Road were most commonly delayed for 1-2 minutes, 21% of the time, and 11% of trains are cancelled.
Wolverhampton station came second, closely followed by Leicester railway station in third, with both stations having 62% of trains being delayed or cancelled. The recent survey of 1,000 UK office workers also found that 57% of Brits feel that the cost of commuting has made them not want to go into the office whatsoever.
Train stations in the UK ranked on percentage of delayed or cancelled trains
1. Manchester Oxford Road (65%)
2. Wolverhampton (62%)
3. Leicester (62%)
4. Huddersfield (60%)
5. York (60%)
6. Milton Keynes Central (59%)
7. Birmingham New Street (59%)
8. Coventry (58%)
9. Gatwick Airport (55%)
10. Crewe (54%)
Interestingly, 80% of the worst train stations for delays and cancellations are situated in the north of England, and three of these are in Yorkshire, further fuelling the distinct north-south divide in railway reliability. On average, trains passing through the stations analysed were delayed or cancelled 46% of the time, which means that commuters almost have a fifty-fifty chance of actually catching a train on time.