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26.11.12

PPM at 88.9% for period 8

National train performance has fallen sharply for period 8, new figures from Network Rail show. PPM for October 14 – November 10 was 88.9%, down from 92.3% in the previous period and 89.3% in the same period last year.

The moving annual average (MAA) is now at 91.7%. The train operator with the highest scores was c2c rail, with a PPM of 98.4% and MAA of 97.4%. The lowest punctuality was for London Midland with 82.7% of trains arriving on time. Virgin Rail has the lowest MAA with 86.6%.

A spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said: “These latest figures show that on average almost nine out of ten trains are arriving on time, as train companies continue to work hard with the rest of the industry to maintain a good performance for passengers.

“But we’re not complacent and will continue to focus our efforts on providing passengers with the service they expect and deserve.”

Network Rail suggested a number of factors impacted on the operation of London Midland, including a major dewirement at Watford Junction, issues with overhead wires, a fatality and signal cable theft.

However, there have also been ongoing cancellations and delays due to a lack of available qualified drivers. The shortfall should be addressed by mid-December when new trainees complete their courses, London Midland stated. The operator has provided regular updates of the shortage on its website.

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