Train operator First TransPennine Express put in its worst punctuality performance in more than a decade last year.

Figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for 2015-16 show that the last time the operator’s trains were as

consistently late was back in 2005-06.

The ORR’s main measure of rail performance is its Public Performance Measure which records the percentage of trains that arrived at their final destination within five minutes of their scheduled arrival time or within 10 minutes for long-distance journeys.

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In 2015-16 First TransPennine Express (FTPE) – which runs services through Huddersfield – managed to get 87.8% of its trains to their final destinations within these time windows, down from 88.6% in 2014-15. That’s the lowest punctuality rating for the firm since 2005-06 when it stood at 79.3%.

It’s the fourth year in a row that the punctuality of FTPE trains has fallen. In 2011-12, the operator scored 93.3%. The following year it was 91.7% followed by 90.4% in 2012-13 and 88.6% in 2014-15.

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A TransPennine Express spokesperson said: “We appreciate that our performance levels have been inconsistent and not to the standards that customers expect and deserve. Delays and cancellations have increased slightly as a result of infrastructure failures, fleet availability and some industrial relations issues.

“Our franchise will benefit from a £500m investment which will provide new and more trains and we have signed an alliance agreement with Network Rail. We are committed to reducing service disruption and we will work with our partners to ensure our customers receive the best possible service.”

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Northern Rail also had a poor year in 2015-16 with a PPM score of 90.7%, down from 90.9% last time and the worst figure since 2008-09.

Train performance suffered badly across the whole of Britain in 2015-16 with just 89.1% of services reaching their destination on time – the lowest figure for 10 years.

Virgin Trains East Coast had the worst performance for any long-distance operator with just 85.2% of trains turning up on time against 88.6% last time.

An alliance agreement means FTPE and Network Rail are contractually obliged to work closely together to benefit passengers through measures such as better planning of engineering works.