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Best Autumn Month On Record

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12/23/2009 AT 07:32

Period eight (18 October to 14 November) is the start of the difficult autumn period that sees train service punctuality traditionally fall by up to five percentage points as trains have to cope with the railways equivalent of black-ice, compacted leaf mulch. This period saw the first autumnal month ever to see trains maintain performance above 90%.

Robin Gisby, director of operations and customer service, said: “To deliver an even better service for passengers we have to deliver consistently across the year. Today's results are encouraging and are the result of the industry investing heavily in technology and techniques to lessen the impact of autumn."

In all 17 of the 19 operators saw their performance improve compared to the same period last year. First Transpennine Express saw the biggest improvement in performance this month compared to the same period last year.

Timetable changes from 13 December

Following the introduction of a new West Coast timetable last year, there are relatively few changes this December with the basic pattern of service remaining the same.

More parking spaces at Wigan North Western station

The new multi-storey car park at Wigan North Western station will open on Monday 7 December. The expanded car park will provide an additional 135 parking spaces, making a total of 403 spaces available at the West Coast station.

Network Rail's new national centre

Network Rail's new national centre – which will revitalise an underused corner of central Milton Keynes and bring up to 3,000 jobs to the city – moved a step closer today with the formal submission of a planning application to Milton Keynes Council.

More car parking spaces for Stafford station

Virgin Trains in partnership with Network Rail is doubling the number of car parking spaces available for rail passengers at Stafford station. When the new car park completed it will provide an additional 272 car parking spaces. The new 522-space car park is expected to be completed in late 2010.

Electrification of the Londen-Sheffield route

A plan to expand the electrified network that would increase capacity, improve journeys while reducing costs and carbon emissions was unveiled today following a year-long study by Network Rail.

Virgin delivers best ever train performance

Virgin Trains' West Coast rail franchise has just recorded its best ever train performance. In the four weeks ending 17 October 93.4 percent of trains arrived on time at their destination, beating the previous record of 91.3 percent in May 2006.

£250m to reduce passenger disruption

Passengers will reap the benefits as Network Rail continues its investment in high-tech track renewals technology. Disruption will be significantly reduced using high-output technology which can carry out track renewals quicker than conventional methods.

New record for punctuality

August saw 94.0% of Britain's trains arrive on time. The average over the past twelve months also reached new high levels with 91.1% of trains running to time - the first time in recorded history that the 91% mark has been beaten.

London to Scotland by train in just 2 hours

Network Rail today revealed the results of a detailed investigation into the need for new capacity on Britain's railway network.

Best July train punctuality for over a decade

July saw 92.4% of trains arriving on time across Great Britain making it the best July since records began over a decade ago.

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