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29.07.13

Train performance falls to 91.1%

Network Rail was responsible for 60% of delays in the last period, new statistics show, as the punctuality figures for period 4 are published.

PPM has fallen to 91.1%, from 93.1% the month before – the same period last year saw performance at 92.1%. The new results cover the period from June 23 to July 20 and the Moving Annual Average (MAA) is now at 90.9%.

c2c Rail continues to have the highest PPM and MAA, at 96.6% and 97.3% respectively. Virgin Trains and East Coast were at the bottom of the table at 84.6%, and Virgin tips the worst MAA at 83.3%.

Network Rail pointed out that 66% of Virgin’s delays and 64% of East Coast’s were attributable to problems with the network, rather than the operator. Around 60% of all delays are attributable to Network Rail; including problems with infrastructure, as well as external factors such as vandalism, weather and cable theft.

c2c managing director Julian Drury said: “We’re delighted to have maintained our position as the UK's most punctual train operator, even during a month when the heat was truly on. This was due to the hard work and many extra hours put in by c2c and Network Rail staff to make sure trains and infrastructure continue to perform highly in such demanding conditions.”

A spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said: “According to the government set measure for punctuality, more than nine out of ten trains arrived as planned. However, we will continue to work with Network Rail and focus efforts on providing passengers with the service they expect and deserve.”

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