Punctuality in Britain is a funny thing. Before Hatfield, if memory serves, they hovered around 91% which was about the same as they were on privatisation. During the 1980s I can remember a British Rail poster proudly claiming 95% punctuality. I didn’t believe them. It certainly didn’t feel like it.
The other day I stumbled across this cutting from the Times from 1933 in which the London, Midland and Scottish reported and annual average of 92%.
Oh, and their definition of on time was to within five minutes. Today it’s to within 10 minutes for long-distance services.