Network Rail has been fined a record £53.1million by the rail regulator for “shortfalls in performance”.
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) said that the firm, which owns and operates all of the UK’s rail infrastructure, had fallen “significantly short” of punctuality targets.
According to the ORR, 70 per cent of delays on Virgin Trains are caused by Network Rail, rather than being caused by passengers, by Virgin or by other operating companies. Virgin Trains runs the intercity services that call at Milton Keynes.
And 60% of delays on London Midland Trains, which runs the lines from Milton Keynes to London and Northampton, and from Bedford to Bletchley, were caused by Network Rail.
The report did praise the new Network Rail headquarters at Milton Keynes for its contribution to reducing carbon emissions.