Avanti West Coast: Standards

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 21 March 2024.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Conservative, Clwyd West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many scheduled services Avanti West Coast have cancelled as a result of shortage of crew since 1 January 2024.

Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Avanti West Coast has reported a total of 798 full cancelations attributed to traincrew shortages compared to 18,671 planned services between 1 January 2024 and 18 March 2023.

Traincrew shortages, linked to a lack of driver overtime and ongoing industrial action, present a challenge to running services with the reliability passengers expect. Difficulties in managing historic traincrew terms and conditions will continue to impact AWC services until modernisation of working arrangements can be agreed.

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