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The train arriving at platform two is 1.7 million minutes late.

Byline: MARK ELLIS Transport Correspondent

TRAIN passengers endured 1.7 million minutes of delays in just six months this year.

The hold-ups from April to October were blamed on failings by Network Rail, which runs tracks and stations.

RMT rail union boss Bob Crow said it was "a shocking indictment" of our railways and blamed budget cuts. Yesterday's report by the Office of Rail Regulation said Network Rail missed punctuality targets by up to 5.1%. It found it underspent on maintenance by PS1.2billion in four years and warned it faced a hefty fine if things did not improve. But Mr Crow blasted the watchdog for "complaining on one hand" but telling Network Rail to "dole out" another PS1.7billion of cuts from 2014.

Network Rail said: "While we acknowledge we are not hitting tough targets on performance, our priority has been to provide passengers with more services."

mark.ellis@mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2013
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