Delay Repay

We always do our best to make sure you get where you need to be on time. But sometimes things don’t always go to plan. Our Delay Repay scheme lets you claim back some or all of the cost of your ticket if you’re delayed by more than 30 minutes. No matter what caused the delay. 

What is Delay Repay?

Delay Repay is our way of saying sorry, and thanks for staying loyal to us even when there’s a hiccup. The scheme is designed to make sure everybody gets a fair reimbursement if they are significantly delayed.

Whilst delays and disruption are often out of our hands,we understand your frustration and are sorry for the inconvenience they cause. In the event of significant delays,we think it’s only fair that you receive compensation.

So if you’re delayed for over 30 minutes during your journey, you’re entitled to compensation in line with our Delay Repay scheme.

All ticket holders (with the exception of free tickets redeemed through the East Coast Rewards loyalty scheme) can receive compensation, no matter what caused the delay.

How does delay Repay work?

If you arrive at your destination late due to the cancellation or delay of an East Coast service, you can submit a claim as follows:

* ‘Portion’ means either the outward or the return part of a return ticket. ‘Relevant’ means the portion of the journey on which you were delayed.

When you purchase two separate Advance Single tickets to make a round trip, these don’t constitute a return ticket. The maximum claim will be 100% of the value of the ticket used for the specific journey on which you were delayed. 

Delay Repay for Season Tickets

If you have a Season Ticket, you need to claim for each individual journey that was delayed. Compensation is calculated based on the total journeys the season ticket covers. For instance, an annual season ticket is assumed to cover a return journey every Monday to Friday (520 journeys) and an extra return journey being made one weekend in four (26 journeys) - so a total of 546 journeys.

This means:

  • A six monthly season ticket is a total of 273 journeys (546 ÷ 2)
  • A quarterly season ticket is a total of 136.5 journeys (546 ÷ 4)
  • A monthly season ticket is a total of 45.5 journeys (546 ÷ 12)
  • A weekly season ticket is a total of 10.5 journeys (546 ÷ 52)

If we have to introduce an emergency timetable, Delay Repay compensation will be measured against this.

If there is a long period of poor ‘peak’ punctuality, we will consider compensating you over and above the arrangements outlined in consultation with Passenger Focus and London TravelWatch. Please note this extra compensation will only be considered for delays occurring during peak hours.

‘Peak’ is defined as trains scheduled to arrive at London King’s Cross between 07:00 and 09:59, and trains scheduled to depart from London King’s Cross between 16:00 and 18:59, on Mondays to Fridays, excluding Bank Holidays.

How to claim Delay Repay

To process your claim we’re going to need to know as much as possible about your trip. So to help us do this please:

  • Complete a Delay Repay form, you can do this online or fill in a printed form and post it to us.
  • If you are posting a form to us, please enclose your validated ticket and your seat reservation coupon – though please don’t staple them together. Normally a member of staff will stamp and validate your ticket/seat reservation voucher on board.
  • If you have a monthly or annual Season Ticket, send a photocopy of your ticket. If you have a weekly Season Ticket, please send your claim after your ticket expires and enclose it with your form.

About your claim

  • Any successful claims will be reimbursed in National Rail Travel Vouchers
  • We only pay compensation under one scheme per journey. For example, if you were delayed by over 30 minutes and the seat you reserved wasn’t available, then you would be entitled to make a claim from the scheme that offers you the most compensation
  • We do not normally accept refund claims under Delay Repay if you were advised of the delay before you bought your ticket.
  • We do treat each claim on its merits though and never automatically rule out compensation
  • Completion of this form does not guarantee compensation, or create any new legal relationship with you as a result of what we say we will do. Nor does it affect your legal rights
  • Please take care when completing your Claim Form. To validate claims, we have monitoring systems for checking customer details, ticket types and other information provided. It is important that you write in block capitals within the boxes provided
  • This form will only be used to investigate claims against ‘Delay Repay’ or ‘Seat Guarantee’ schemes. If you wish to comment on any other aspect of our service, please contact our Customer Relations team at
  • We don't accept liability for any loss caused by delay to your journey, cancellation of any train, missed connection, or closure of the railway
  • For further information on our commitments to our customers you can read our Passenger’s Charter online at, or pick up a copy from any of our stations