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PPM falls to 85.3%

National train performance fell to 85.3% in period 9, Network Rail has announced. The data covers the period from November 11 – December 8 and compares to 88.4% for the same period last year.

PPM is significantly lower than in period 8, which saw punctuality at 88.9%. The Moving Annual Average (MAA) is now at 91.5%.

The top performing franchise this period was London Overground, with a PPM of 97.3%. c2c Rail now has the highest MAA at 97.3%. East Coast was the worst performing franchise in period 8, with PPM at 74.5%. Virgin now has the lowest MAA, at 86%.

Network Rail has also published right-time performance by operator, in a move towards greater transparency.

Robin Gisby, Network Rail’s managing director of network operations said: “The public performance measure remains the standard by which the rail industry is regulated and measured. These figures have a consistency on which passengers can rely.

“The right-time data, which we publish more of today, is used by the industry to identify areas where we can improve performance on the network. Though there are always areas for improvement, by any measure we are running a punctual railway by historic and European standards. This is thanks to the hard work of train operators and us, though there is more to do.”

Anthony Smith, chief executive at Passenger Focus, said: “Passengers tell us that punctual, reliable trains are a top priority, and that late trains can disrupt their whole day. It is good to see that the actual performance has been made available at a train operator level, which much more closely matches passenger experiences. Greater transparency helps passengers to make informed decisions about how they travel, and we look forward to seeing even more information like this coming into the open.”

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