Almost one in 10 delays and cancellations on Britain’s railways are caused by crew shortages, according to new figures.
A lack of train staff was responsible for 9.42% of the 1.93 million incidents of disruption that occurred between April 1 2013 and December 12 last year, data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) shows.
And the services through Huddersfield were among the worst hit.
Govia Thameslink - which is responsible for Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express services - was the worst affected operator with more than 62,000 incidents leading to 13.6% of all its delays and cancellations.
But First TransPennine, which runs through Huddersfield, and London Midland had the joint next highest rate at 13.5%.
A lack of drivers and conductors can be caused by a number of reasons, such as sickness, annual leave or crews being displaced by earlier disruption.
But Southern has accepted that it simply does not have enough people to carry out day-to-day operations and training without asking crew to work on their rest days.
First Transpennine says it has “focused on increasing the resilience of the company by recruiting more drivers across the network”.
“We are investing record amounts in our railways to make journeys better for passengers,” says a Department for Transport spokesman, “and we monitor the delivery of services and underlying issues such as train crew shortages closely.”