Punctuality on trains rose to 89.3% during period 8 (16 October to 12 November) compared with 86.5% for the same period last year, according to monthly performance data released today by Network Rail.
The best performing train operating companies were Northern Rail (increasing its performance by 6.2%) and c2c Rail and Southern which both experienced a 5% improvement. The train operating companies experiencing the worst drops in punctuality were Virgin Trains (down 8%) and Merseyrail (down 1.7%). All other train operating companies experienced a rise in year-on-year punctuality.
Network Rail said performance on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) particularly impacted upon Virgin’s services, with external factors and infrastructure problems being the main causes. The top five incidents during the month that had a substantial effect on Virgin were the de-wirement of overhead power-lines at North Wembley on 5 November; three major cable thefts at Winsford (near Crewe) on 20 and 21 October and at Nuneaton on 27 October; and a signalling problem at Wolverhampton on 11 November.
Network Rail added that around £20M of extra funding is being injected into a number of initiatives to improve the underlying performance of the infrastructure on the WCML, particularly small track renewals to remove speed restrictions.
Train Operating Company Performance
|Franchise||Period 8||Period 8|
|Arriva Trains Wales||93||91.6|
|East Midlands Trains||92||89.2|
|First Capital Connect||87.2||84.1|
|First Great Western||88.2||86.6|
|First Transpennine Express||90.6||87|
|National Express East Anglia||89.3||86.7|
|Stagecoach South West Trains||91.5||89.6|