A rail company operating Britain’s least-punctual train route has come up with a way of improving the service – by altering the timetable.

 Brighton Station

Brighton Station Image by Phil Richards / CC BY 2.0

Statistics have shown that the Southern train company’s 7.29am service from Brighton never once reached London Victoria on time at 8.35am throughout 2014.

Now Southern has said that from Sunday, the 7.29am will be scheduled to get in at Victoria three minutes later – at 8.38am – and it will also no longer stop at Wivelsfield in West Sussex. A passenger, called Bruce, tweeted: “Not stopping at stations would be an ingenious device for running a service on time.” Southern said: “By creating extra time in the schedule, the late running of one service is less likely to have a knock-on effect on the following ones, improving our overall punctuality.”

(Press Association)