Southern rail service branded ‘worst in Britain’ finally manages to arrive on time

Southern train SUS-150430-100054001
Southern train SUS-150430-100054001

A rail service branded the worst in Britain after failing to arrive on time for an entire year has finally arrived early - after train bosses altered its timetable.

The 7.29am train from Brighton to London Victoria arrived ahead of schedule on Monday morning, after its arrival time was put back by three minutes.

The Southern-operated service failed to reach London at its scheduled arrival time of 8.35am for a single one of its 240 journeys during 2014.

The train firm revealed the new arrival time last week, with Monday’s service arriving before 8.38am - but still after 8.35am.

Southern confirmed that the service arrived into London Victoria at 8.37am – ‘two minutes early’.

One of the main reasons behind the train’s early arrival is thought to be no longer stopping at West Sussex’s Wivelsfield station.

Passengers on southern have endured a series of delays in recent months, with the worst coming at the end of April when a power failure near Clapham Junction - Britain’s largest interchange station - plunged the rail network into chaos.