In March, 95% of ČD Trains Ran on Time
4.5.2012 - 15:19
ČD dispatched 213,855 connections in March, 95% of which ran on time. Only 4% of connections were delayed less than 15 minutes, and less than one percent of trains had delays of more than 15 minutes.
Traditionally, the most reliable are the SC Pendolino connections, which, however, have the most demanding conditions for meeting their timetable due to very high speeds, short travel times, and travel on the most heavily used lines in the Czech Republic. In March, SC Pendolino connections were on time 97.3% of the time. The second-most-reliable group of connections was local trains, which were on time 96.5% of the time. The reliability of EuroCity connections was 82%. Their reliability is affected by the long route across Europe, often around one thousand kilometres, and by the reduced reliability of railways in many other European countries through which they pass.
The most frequent cause of train delays are traditionally so-called force majeure events. These are e.g. tragic events involving people killed while illegally moving on the track bed or accidents at railway crossings, etc. These contributed to 34.4% of train delays. In 14% of cases, train delays resulted from e.g. the crossing of trains on a one-track line (in the Czech Republic, 80% of lines are one-track, including the most important trans-European corridors; this is substantially more than in other European countries, e.g. in Austria the share of one-track lines is only around 65%, and in Germany they make up lass than half of all lines), in 13% of cases a delay was caused by waiting for a connection in order to preserve transfer dependencies and to prevent passengers from having to wait a long time for the next connecting train, and in 9% of cases a delay arose as a result of extending a train’s stay in a station due to longer-than-expected passenger disembarking and boarding.
The reliability of ČD connections is thus fully comparable with that of railways in developed West European countries.
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