FEWER than a third of trains arrive on time at a multi-million pound railway station near Worcester.

Shocking figures show only 31 per cent of trains have arrived at Worcestershire Parkway on time over the past six months, while nine per cent have been cancelled.  

That means between December 1 and May 30, Worcestershire Parkway, which opened in 2020 to much fanfare, ranked 2,624th out of 2,634 stations logged on the On Train Times website for its performance.

But rail companies noted severe storms and strikes as challenges which have impacted recent services at Worcestershire Parkway.

Over that period, the On Time Trains only gave Worcestershire Parkway's performance its highest daily rating once.

Commuters during weekdays have seen only 30 per cent of trains show up at Worcestershire Parkway on time, while nine per cent of services have been cancelled.

People fare slightly better on weekends, with 32 per cent of trains being on time, however, 10 per cent are cancelled on Saturdays and Sundays.

Since March 8, only 29 per cent of trains have arrived on time, while over the last four weeks, 74 per cent of services have either been late or cancelled.

Worcestershire Parkway is the 853rd busiest railway station in the country.

It was the first new Railway Station to open in Worcestershire in over 100 years when it first welcomed commuters in 2020.

The Norton-based station, which cost £22million to build, is operated by Great Western Railway (GWR).

A spokesperson for GWR said the research showed all journeys arriving at Worcester but not whether the train arrived at its end destination on time. 

"We recognise how important it is our trains arrive on time and work incredibly hard to ensure they do.

"Over the last 12 weeks, 94 per cent of our trains arrived at Worcester within 15 mins.

"This is against a backdrop of almost 11 days of industrial action and action short of a strike, and some significant infrastructure challenges."

CrossCountry and Great Western Railway both run two trains per hour calling at Worcestershire Parkway.

A spokesperson for CrossCountry said the past twelve months had brought a range of challenges to running trains on time through Worcestershire Parkway.

The spokesperson added these challenges included named storms, which have taken place with the highest frequency and severity for almost ten years.

“We continue to work with Network Rail and other industry partners to reduce the impact of such events on customers - not only those caused by severe weather but also when trains have to slow down during repairs to infrastructure.

"We apologise to all those affected by delays to trains and would encourage customers to apply for Delay Repay compensation where applicable.”

We approached West Midlands Railway and Worcestershire County Council for comment but both directed us to GWR.

The Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership were also approached for comment but were unavailable by the time we went to press.