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Rail punctuality down 1.3% on last year, Network Rail reports

Punctuality on trains dropped to 91.5% between 18 September and 15 October (period 7) compared with 92.8% for the same period in 2010, Network Rail revealed today.

The train operating companies experiencing the worst drops in punctuality were Crosscountry (punctuality down 5.2% year-on-year), East Coast (-5.1%), Chiltern (-4.3%), First Capital Connect (-3.2%) and London Midland (-3.2%). The only companies seeing a rise in punctuality were Merseyrail (up 1.5% from the same period last year), London Overground (up 2.9%) and Southeastern (up 5.9%).

Network Rail said East Coast’s performance was hampered by a number of infrastructure failures, including a signal failure at King’s Cross on 26 September, a fire on the Nene River bridge in Peterborough on 2 October and damage to overhead line equipment caused by trespass and vandalism between Loversall Carr Junction and Retford on 5 October.

The Office of Rail Regulation warned Network Rail last month that it will consider formal action if the company fails to deliver on its end of year performance targets, which come as part of commitments it is funded to achieve by 2014 (control period 4). These targets are: 92% for long distance; 93% for London and the South East; 92% for regional, Scotland and First Scotrail and 91.1% for East Coast.

Train operating company performance

FranchisePeriod 7
Period 7
Arriva Trains Wales94.595.5
c2c Rail96.598.1
East Coast84.189.2
East Midlands Trains92.794.3
First Capital Connect89.192.3
First Great Western89.091.7
First Scotrail91.493.6
First Transpennine Express91.794.2
London Midland88.691.8
London Overground96.994.0
National Express East Anglia92.594.5
Northern Rail89.692.8
Stagecoach South West Trains93.995.4
Virgin Trains84.591.5

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