Hungarian Train Delays: 1.8 Million Minutes

  • 16 Apr 2018 8:55 AM
  • Budapest Business Journal
Hungarian Train Delays: 1.8 Million Minutes
Hungarian train delays amounted to 1.8 million minutes last year, representing 3.5 years, online portal index.hu reports.

Calculated with a fleet of 120,423 trains, this means that 11.55% of trains used for public transport have registered delays, on average 15.2 minutes.

Index.hu notes that, according to the standards used by Hungarian National Railways (MÁV), trains with a delay of less than six minutes are not registered and are considered to be on time, which means that the delays were probably more than those communicated by MÁV.

The highest rates were registered on the trains between Budapest-Szeged and Budapest-Pécs. In 40% of cases, delays were due to infrastructure faults.

MÁV commenting on the information above insisted that the accuracy rate - the rate of trains arriving on time - had been 90.72% in 2016. In 2017, this slipped to 88.3% but in Q1 2018 it climbed to 91.2%. This is in line with the indicators of other European railways: 89% in Switzerland and 88.3% in Belgium last year.

As for specific destinations experiencing problems, those mentioned in the article (Szeged and Pécs) have not undergone significant renovations or they are in progress now, hence the lack of results as of yet.

Other destinations are proving increasingly popular, for example Budapest-Székesfehérvár-Nagykanizsa, where the passenger number has grown by 9.5% from 2016 to 2017, MÁV says. In the case of the trains to Lake Balaton, the increase was 8.6% in the same period.

In total, the increase of passenger was 2.3 million from 2015 to 2016 and one million from 2016 to 2017, MÁV says.

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