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Best ever year for timely trains

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06/03/2010 AT 07:38

Back in 2002, when Network Rail took control of Britain's Rail infrastructure, train performance was languishing at record low levels (78.6%). Working closely with train operators, accompanied by prudent levels of investment and attention to detail, train punctuality has been pushed up every year. For the first time ever, over the course of the last twelve months (1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010), punctuality has breached the threshold of over 91 out of every 100 trains on time, beating regulatory targets.

Robin Gisby, director of operations and customer services, said: "Passengers are today experiencing the most punctual train service ever provided on Britain's railways. This has been accomplished through the sheer hard work and determination of tens of thousands of rail staff across the country working for both Network Rail and the train operators.

"This is just one of a number of records set on Britain's railway this year with record numbers of passengers travelling on record numbers of trains at record levels of safety with record levels of satisfaction.

"But we are far from complacent and realise that passengers' still experience some delays, albeit much less often than in times past. Our focus in the years ahead will be to drive performance to even higher levels with particularly attention given to reducing the number of very late services."

Green light for National Centre at Milton Keynes

Plans to develop one of the most sustainable office buildings in the country were given the go-ahead as Network Rail's new national centre received the stamp of approval from Milton Keynes' planning authority.

Passengers want better stations

Virgin passengers have given a big thumbs up to the trains, staff and value for money for price of ticket, but they have made clear they desperately want to see the same standards at stations. These details are contained in the latest National Passenger Survey from rail watchdog Passenger Focus.

Train performance remains good this autumn period

Train punctuality and reliability over the autumn hit record levels this year with delays caused by infamous, 'leaves on the line', cut by 40%.

Virgin Trains delivers its VHF promises

Passengers have flocked to Virgin Trains in record numbers in the first full year of the Virgin High Frequency (VHF) service. Under VHF, launched on 14 December 2008, Virgin Trains has carried 25.4 million customers, attracted by the 30 percent step-up in train frequency and faster journey times.

Revenue of £2.843bn for Network Rail

Iain Coucher, chief executive said: “The interim results for the half year to 30 September 2009 show good financial performance. Revenue figures are in line with regulatory targets for the current funding period (2009-14).

Network Rail Evolves Corporate Governance

Great Britain's rail infrastructure operator, Network Rail, today announces changes in the way it is run, enhancing transparency and accountability. This follows a 16-month-long review of governance conducted by its members.

Best Autumn Month On Record

The first month of the difficult autumnal period has seen record performance for Britain's trains as Network Rail today released the latest train performance results which saw 90.2% of trains arriving on time.

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.

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