Wales has worst train services in the UK, according to new survey
Wales has the worst train services in the UK, according to a new survey.
A YouGov poll found that people in Wales rate their local train services worse than any other area in Britain.
According to the survey, which has been seen by the PA news agency, 22% of Welsh residents believe rail provision is bad in their area, with 11% responding that they do not have any local train services at all. Of Welsh residents, 22% said services are good.
Other parts of the UK with with low satisfaction ratings include Scotland, where 19% think services are bad, Yorkshire and the Humber, where 18% think they’re bad, and the north west of England, where 18% think they’re bad.
The area of the UK where people are the least likely to say their services are bad is London, where the figure is 10%.
Welsh Conservative shadow minister for transport Natasha Asghar told PA: “The results of this YouGov poll sadly come as no surprise for people living in Wales.
“Transport for Wales, which is owned by the Welsh Labour Government, has consistently failed to address the problem of overcrowding on Welsh trains which is becoming more frequent.”
She added: “As shadow minister for transport I have regularly called for more carriages to be put on trains and for action to be taken to address the regular delays and cancellations to services that cause anger and frustration to commuters.
“It is clear that nothing has improved since Welsh Labour nationalised the railway, despite them saying it would protect services and deliver improvements to infrastructure, which is grossly disappointing to me and train users all across Wales.”
In response to recent criticism about overcrowding on trains, a Transport for Wales spokesperson said: “We are delivering a transformational programme across our Wales and Borders rail network that will see more than £800 million invested in new trains which will start to arrive on the network from next year, providing improved capacity and more frequent services.”