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Record train punctuality

06/16/2009 AT 06:53

Train punctuality - the number of trains arriving on time - hit 90.6% over the 12 months of 2008/9. This is the first time in the history of Britain's railways that the benchmark of 90% of trains on time has been reached over the course of a yearı.

Unveiling the results, chief executive Iain Coucher said: "Network Rail has delivered a good set of results meeting or exceeding almost all its targets and those set by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).

"Train performance is at an all time high, the railways have never been safer to travel on, millions of pounds are being saved from the cost of running the network and billions invested to make further improvements. Our strong focus on innovation and investment to improve our operations and reduce operating costs is driving our performance."

Train punctuality is at its highest level since records began with an average of 90.6% of trains arriving on-time over the period. This compares to 78.6% when Network Rail became infrastructure operator in October 2002. The significant 90% mark has been reached for the first time on Britain's railways. Network Rail attributed delays were reduced by 600,000 minutes over the last year. A 6.3% reduction to 8.9m down from 9.5m - the lowest level for over a decade and beating the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) target.

Mr Coucher concluded: "Network Rail has had a good year overall and there is always room for improvement. I am acutely aware that customers expect and deserve an ever improving rail service. Over the next five years our service will improve again as we embark upon an ambitious £35bn programme of work to deliver even higher levels of performance, reduce overcrowding and expand and grow the rail network. My vision is for a high performing railway, easy and affordable to access and comparable with the very best railways in the world."

Train punctuality reaches all time record high

Over 1.2bn passengers last year (April 2008 to March 2009) enjoyed the best train punctuality ever recorded on Britain's railways as 90.6% of train services arrived on time². The highest since records began almost 20 years ago (1992).

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