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
|Arriva Trains Wales||94.5||95.5|
|East Midlands Trains||92.7||94.3|
|First Capital Connect||89.1||92.3|
|First Great Western||89.0||91.7|
|First Transpennine Express||91.7||94.2|
|National Express East Anglia||92.5||94.5|
|Stagecoach South West Trains||93.9||95.4|