NORTHERN is among the operators with the lowest number of trains missing scheduled stops at stations.

The primary train operator in Northern England had just three 'failure to stop' (FTS) events per 1,000 services planned in the four years from April 1, 2014 to February 23, 2018.

The Network Rail data, obtained by a BBC Freedom of Information request, compares 22 operators across four years.

Nationally, more than 52,500 services out of a planned six million had one or more FTS events in the financial year up to February 23.

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience for the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train companies and Network Rail to enable a better railway, said: "Train companies aim to run services as planned and overall less than 1 per cent of stops are not made.

"This only happens as a last resort to prevent delayed services causing further disruption and while we understand this is frustrating, we ensure there are alternative options for customers to continue their journeys. "