National Rail hails Paralympic success

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National Rail hails Paralympic success

Author: Ashley Curtis - 13 September 2012

National Rail has helped to deliver one of the most success Paralympics yet, according to a report on

The punctuality and reliability of the firm's service stood at 93.8 per cent, while 6,300 bookings for assisted travel were handled over the course of the Paralympics.

Even better for the firm, three out of five spectators used National Rail to travel to Games events - a larger share than Tube or roads - while 561,000 took advantage of special Games train tickets to travel to and from both sets of Games.

Train stations look set to help even more people in the future as the Government will have invested £380 million in creating accessible stations by 2014, with no other country looking close to matching the government's investment in station design.

Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, commented on the success to "With the eyes of the world on Britain, the railway had played its part in delivering the biggest and best Paralympics.

"Train companies and Network Rail increased services to carry many of the record number of Paralympic spectators who cheered on the largest gathering of Paralympians ever. We aim to use the experience of the Paralympics and the millions of pounds recently invested in improvements to continue to make rail travel easier for those with accessibility needs," he added.

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