Compensation for Delays


Each franchised Train Company has a Passenger's Charter which is a guide to the level of service you can expect to receive when using their stations and their train services.

If the journey you have made, or are making, is delayed you may be entitled to compensation from the Train Operating Company or service provider.

If a service is delayed and you choose not to travel, you may be entitled to a full refund from the retailer of your Ticket.


The compensation offered depends on:

  • Operator you travelled with;
  • Ticket type;
  • Length of the delay

Each Train Company will publish the details of their compensation arrangements within their 'Passenger's Charter' and we have compiled a list of direct links at

In addition, the nature of compensation offered will depend on the type of compensatory arrangement that the Train Company has in place according to their franchise commitment. This has been changed and improved over the years as Train Company franchises are renewed or replaced.

Most Train Companies now offer 'Delay Repay' where daily ticket holders as well as weekly, monthly and longer Season Tickets can claim for delayed journeys as and when they occur. A few Train Companies still operate the original Passenger's Charter formula where the arrangements will differ for holders of monthly and longer Season Ticket holders.

Please retain your train ticket and make a note of your journey as both will be required to support any claim for compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a list of frequently asked questions regarding refunds on tickets and compensation rights for rail customers. The list can be found at

Money back for delays

Did you know that if your journey is delayed or cancelled, you may be eligible to claim money back?

You can find delay repay information and everything you need to know about what you are entitled to and how to claim it on your train company’s website by selecting the company's logo below.

Most claims can be made by obtaining a form from a staffed station, enclosing the ticket and posting whilst often this can also be done online by attaching a scan of the ticket.

Some Train Companies even allow Season Ticket holders to register their ticket online to make future claims quicker and easier.
























The National Rail Conditions of Travel outlines the minimum offered through Passenger’s Charters but in practise the vast majority of operators pay more than that.

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Old style Passenger's Charter compensation applicable to Season Tickets holders

Old style Passenger's Charter still applies to the following train companies:

  • Transport for Wales (for renewal of Season Ticket purchased before 14 October 2018 only)
  • Chiltern Railways
  • GWR (Great Western Railway)

Whilst claiming for delays on daily or weekly tickets remains broadly the same as for Delay Repay detailed above, the formula for Season Ticket holders of one month or longer is different.

Rather than claiming for each and every delay as it occurs, statistics relating to both performance (the number of trains that arrived on time) and reliability (the number of trains that ran without cancellation) are gathered by the train company, independently verified and then measured against the targets set by the Department for Transport. This is measured on a 4-weekly basis and where the train company fails against one or both targets a discount of 5% for each of the failed targets is offered to those renewing their Season ticket.

In addition, on occasions of severe disruption, the train company may choose to totally void the figures for that day (or days) - effectively exclude all of the performance results from any given day(s) and instead offer the customer a whole extra day or multiple days extension to their next renewed Season Ticket. These are known as 'Void Days'.

These statistics are gathered every four weeks by Rail Delivery Group and the renewal discounts and declared Void Days are published below, where you will find the figures for the last 13 periods (equivalent to 52 weeks / 1 year). 

Season Ticket renewal discounts and Void Days declared

PERIOD 19/10

Applies for Season Tickets purchased from Sunday 13 January to Saturday 09 February 2019 ONLY

PERIOD 19/09

Applies for Season Ticket Renewals from Sunday 16 December 2018 - Saturday 12 January 2019 ONLY

PERIOD 19/08

Applies for Season Ticket Renewals from Sunday 18 November to Saturday 15 December 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 19/07

Applies for Season Ticket Renewals from Sunday 21 October to Saturday 17 November 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 19/06

Applies for Season Ticket renewals from Sunday 23 September to Saturday 20 October 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 19/05

Applies for Season Ticket renewals from Sunday 26 August to Saturday 22 September 2018 ONLY 

PERIOD 19/04

Applies for Season Ticket Renewals from Sunday 29 July to Saturday 25 Augut 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 19/03

Applies for Season Ticket renewals from Sunday 01 July to Saturday 28 July 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 19/02

Applies for Season Ticket renewals from Sunday 03 June to Saturday 30 June 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 19/01

Applies for Season Ticket renewal from Sunday 06 May to Saturday 02 June 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 18/13

Applies to Season Ticket renewals from Sunday 08 April to Saturday 05 May 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 18/12

Applies to Season Ticket renewals from Sunday 11 March to Saturday 07 April 2018 ONLY

PERIOD 18/11

Applies to Season Ticket renewals from Sunday 11 February to Saturday 03 March 2018 ONLY
Any enquiries regarding these figures should be raised directly with the Train Company.

If your Train Company is not shown on any of these documents then it operates a Delay Repay compensation formula for Season Ticket holders.