Originally Posted by Ray Bloody Purchase
Do Irish Rail get any penalties from the NTA over lateness?
Depends, there are performance based payments as part of the PSO compensation, however they only require minimum standards to be met, for example DART and Commuter requires between 87% and 92% punctuality depending on time of day, Intercity requires 90%. 99% of all trains (nationally) should run and 98% of kilometres should be covered.
Anything affecting the minimums caused by or related to force majour is not held against IE and so delays caused by suicide, bridge strike, abnormal weather, infrastructure damage etc does not incure a penalty to them.