NEW data shows that a year on from the launch of the Northern Fail App, Northern Rail fully cancelled 15,800 trains, and partly cancelled 18,696 in the 12 months to May 2019.

This is in addition to an increase in the number of trains running with fewer carriages, with 28,198 trains implementing carriage reductions in the same period.

Overall, this means across the entire Northern Rail network, there were a total of 258,266 cancelled stops - the number of times a train failed to arrive or stop at a station as scheduled.

The Northern Fail App was created by frustrated commuter Nick Mitchell, a software engineer at data and API integration specialist SPINR.

Nick launched the Northern Fail App in May 2018, when he became fed up of constant delays and cancellations on his daily commute into Manchester.

To avoid this continuous disruption, Mitchell passed his driving test, bought a car and now drives to work every day.

Over the course of 12 months, there were also 258,266 cancelled stops where trains did not stop at a stations a scheduled, either due to full or part-cancellations.

And there were 28,198 services which ran with reduced capacity.

Almost a quarter of services cancelled (23 per cent) were axed due to a shortage of train drivers.