You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Which rail companies are slowest to respond to complaints?

0
Written by: Danielle Levy
11/01/2019
Official statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), the regulator, have revealed how quickly rail companies respond to complaints. Here, we outline the best and the worst offenders…

Many rail users experienced disruption on their train journeys following timetable changes which were unsuccessfully introduced in May of last year. This contributed towards a total of 3 million compensation claims for rail delays between April and mid-October 2018.

The ORR found that 84% of these complaints were approved, while 92% were closed within 20 working days.

Out of 23 train operators, 15 were above the national average of 92% in closing compensation claims within 20 working days.

However, a number fell considerably short of these timescales. They include Hull Trains, which was only able to close 31.8% of claims within 20 working days, TransPennine Express which closed 45.7%, while South Western Railway had a response rate of 70.3% over the period.

Meanwhile, Great Western Railway closed 76% of claims – although the ORR said this represented an improvement for the company.

Top performers

Timetable changes resulted in chaos in May 2018, particularly among passengers travelling on Northern, TransPennine Express and Govia Thameslink Railway, with the latter receiving over 1 million claims. The good news is that 99.9% of these were closed within 20 days.

Greater Anglia and Southeastern featured amongst the best trainlines. They closed over 200,000 claims during this period, with a response rate of 99.7% and 100% within 20 days respectively.

Stephanie Tobyn, deputy director of consumer at ORR, said: “Passengers have rightly made claims for these journeys and it is good to see that train companies, in the main, are responding to these promptly.”

She added that the ORR will meet with all train companies later this month to review the current timescales for compensation claims, particularly those that were below target.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

ISAs: your back-to-basics guide for 2018/19

Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your unused ISA allowance ahead of the 5 April deadli...

A guide to Sharia savings accounts

A number of Sharia savings products have upped their game in recent months, beating more familiar competitors ...

Five ways to get on the property ladder without the Bank of Mum and Dad

A report suggests the Bank of Mum and Dad is running low on funds. Fortunately, there are other options for st...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week

  • Are you planning to make a last-minute investment into your ISA or SIPP during this tax year? Here are five tips to… https://t.co/lGjHix7F7y
  • Forget a delay, more than a third of private investors favour a no-deal Brexit - https://t.co/SW9dXjCK2C #Brexit
  • Have you ever tried to save money but unintentionally ended up spending more in the process? Here's how to avoid th… https://t.co/ORmTNOVmV3

Read previous post:
Looking to return a Christmas gift? Here are your consumer rights…

While Christmas is known as the season for giving, January could prove to be the season for returning. If you...

Close