South Western Railway has apologised for delays to services from Worcester Park as its railway station was revealed to be Sutton’s worst for on-time trains.

The train operating company said it recognises it hasn’t delivered the standard of performance commuters expected and, therefore, is “very sorry”.

OnTimeTrains, which analyses how many of the millions of journeys on services commuters make are on time, put Worcester Park at the bottom of Sutton’s stations.

What’s more is that its performance over the last six months ranks it in the bottom third of more than 2,600 others across the UK at 1,881st.

That’s comfortably worse than Carshalton (832) and Hackbridge (903) who hovering inside the top 1,000 at the time of publishing.

READ: Sutton's best and worst stations for on-time trains - ranked

It comes as train passengers faced travel misery during the morning of November 19 due to Network Rail’s overrunning engineering works, inciting furore among commuters.

A South Western Railway spokesman said: “We recognise that we haven’t delivered the standard of performance expected recently and are very sorry for the delays to some services from Worcester Park.

“A number of challenges have contributed to this such as the recent severe disruption on November 19, following Network Rail’s overrunning engineering works.

“The ongoing seasonal issue of slippery rails due to leaf fall has also posed a challenge on this line.

“Earlier this year we took action to commission an independent review of performance on the network.

“Following the completion of that review, chaired by Sir Michael Holden, we now have a blueprint to help us improve performance – and the good news is that many of the recommendations in the report had already been identified and are underway.

“We are making a £5 million investment to improve train reliability and Network Rail is investing £2 billion over the next five years to run the railway and help give passengers more reliable journeys.

“This will help us to address punctuality issues for passengers across the network.”

Worcester Park’s performance over the past month sees it ranked among the bottom 500 stations, out of 2,592, across the UK by OnTimeTrains.

However, severe delays on November 19 which affected major parts of the railway network are said to have strongly contributed to this.

The winter period also tends to be a time when rail conditions can become difficult – such as when rails are wet or covered in slush from flattened leaves.

This means trains’ wheels struggle to grip to the surface and therefore lead to services running at caution and slower speeds for safety reasons.