Czech Railways announced today that their overall number of train journeys that departed and arrived on time in 2016 was just over 90%. This was a 3.8% on the previous year.
This is, in part, down to some railway line closures in rural areas but the figures are good news for the transport industry as a whole. The Czech transport industry is known for its punctuality and its ability to deal with adverse weather conditions. These figures certainly show that the rail industry is heading in the right direction, despite some factors working against them.
In total, 9 out of every 10 journeys departed from Czech railway stations arrived on time in 2016. These figures are worked out with the International Union of Railways, an independent body who monitor punctuality across international rail routes. The calculations do allow for a 5-minute buffer either side of the intended journey time.
For long distance routes that cross national borders, the accuracy of increased from 72.1% to 77.8% which shows that the Czech system and infrastructure is steadily improving, along with a reduction in travel times in many regional and rural areas. The total number of delayed journeys fell to 325,000 connections per year out of a total of nearly 2.5 million.
The biggest cause of delays appears to be train crossings, where logistical issues have to be ironed out. Many trains had to wait before overtaking others and many of the delays were influences outside of the rail network, such as ice and snow. Overall, the weather was not particularly hazardous in 2016 which helped the stats along.
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