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10.01.14

Train performance falls even further – PPM now at 83.7%

Performance on the railways fell further over the past month, as bad weather continued to ravage the network. PPM now stands at just 83.7%.

Period 10, which covers 8 December to 4 January, was heavily affected by the consequences of the extreme weather, including landslips and trees blocking lines, Network Rail said.

The figures compare with 88.3% PPM for the same period last year and 84.4% for period 9 (during which bad weather was also a factor). The moving annual average (MAA) is now down to 90.1%.

Storms and bad weather in recent weeks saw almost 130 floods and 29 landslips, some blocking major routes. Network Rail and operators also introduced blanket speed restrictions on a number of occasions to reduce the risk caused by fallen trees.

The worst performing franchise in period 10 was Southern, with 73.1% PPM. The weather had a particularly significant impact on this area of the network, with a number of major landslips on the Brighton Main Line disrupting services.

East Coast continues to have the lowest MAA, at 82.3%.

London Overground saw the highest PPM, at 96.1%. c2c continues to maintain the highest MAA at 96.9%.

Around 60% of the delays nationally were attributable to Network Rail.

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