Posted: Tue 18th Dec 2018

Transport for Wales moves to ‘Delay Repay’ compensation scheme

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2018

Transport for Wales (TfW) has said it is making a change to how passengers can claim compensation for delayed trains

The train operator is moving to a “Delay Repay” scheme to compensate passengers for unexpected delays and cancellations.

Rail users who experience a delay or cancellation on a TfW service can claim through the new scheme.

Compensation will now be based on the time the customer should have arrived at their final destination station, when they have been delayed by 30 minutes or more.

The improved scheme will make it easier for all TfW rail passengers to claim compensation through a wider choice of repayment options, including bank transfer, Paypal and charity donation.

Passengers have been promised a quicker response to their claim, as claims will now start to be processed within 48 hours of receipt TfW has said.

A system providing online access to customers’ individual claim history will allow customers to know exactly what’s happening with their claim and when it is complete.

TfW which is recovering from a lengthy period of service delays and cancellations due to damaged trains has “committed” to compensating customers who experience a 15-minute delay, “in the future.”

Rail users who experienced delays in the Autumn period are entitled to compensation if they submit a claim within 28 days, along with a copy of their ticket.

Head of Customer Experience for TfW, Barry Lloyd welcomed the change stating:

“Our customers deserve a punctual service they can be proud of and if we don’t deliver that, then we should make it as easy as possible for them to get their money back.

“People don’t want to see us splitting hairs or pointing fingers over what caused their delay because ultimately the impact on them is the same.

“Adopting Delay Repay will make life a lot simpler for our customers to get compensation if things do go wrong on their journey.”

TfW says it has has also significantly improved fleet availability over the past few weeks and from Monday 17th December they now have enough trains available to reinstate all services.

Operational teams are able to ensure that the right trains are now in the right place to deliver a full service for rail passengers.

James Price, Chief Executive Officer of TfW, said:

“We would like to thank all our customers for their patience at this difficult time. 

Through the hard work and dedication of our staff, who have worked over 1000 hours overtime, through the day and night, we are pleased to have improved our fleet availability and reinstated services.”

Alison Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said:

“We apologise for the recent disruption passengers have experienced and want to thank people for their patience over the past few weeks. 

We have worked with Transport for Wales to get services running normally as quickly as possible”.

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