04/15/2011 AT 08:09
Overall, across the country, train punctuality for the month reached 92.9%, slightly down on last year's 93.5%, but still the second best for the period on record. The month, period 13 ran from 6 March to 31 March.
Year end performance data for the French railways for the past year (January 2010 to December 2010) has also recently been published. It reports intercity punctuality, including its high speed TGV lines of 80.6%, while commuter and regional services averaged 90.3% for the year**
Robin Gisby, director of operations and customer services, said: "We have had a strong end to the year with good levels of punctuality yet there is more to do, especially on improving performance for long distance services.”
East Coast has seen punctuality jump almost a three percentage points compared to last month as the operator has successfully reduced its delays and driven up the performance of its train fleet to the best in class. Network Rail is working hard on improving the reliability of its infrastructure on the East Coast Main Line and on managing those external factors, such as cable theft, that have such a big impact on train performance.
A new single-deck car park has been built at Penrith railway station on the West Coast Main Line. The £2.5m scheme provides 30 additional spaces, bringing the total at the station to 125.
Train punctuality for February reached a record high of over 92% - the best February figure on record.
London 2012 spectators travelling by rail to Olympic and Paralympic sporting venues throughout Britain will benefit from special Games train tickets and extra services.
Continued severe winter weather during December hit train punctuality during the period. The latest train performance results reported that 81% of trains arrived on time compared with 80% for the same period last year.
Work started this week to prepare for the construction of a new entrance and ticket office at Wandsworth Town station, providing better facilities for passengers.
Virgin Trains had record sales during the run-up to Christmas, despite some of the worst December weather for more than 40 years.
Signalling Solutions Ltd, a 50-50 joint venture company formed by Alstom Transport and Balfour Beatty Rail, has received from Network Rail, the UK main line infrastructure operator, two contracts of a total of nearly €29 million for modernisation of signalling equipment in London.
Almost 93% of services on Britain's railway ran on time during the last reporting month – mid September to mid October - matching last year's 'best ever' record for train performance during the seventh period of the year.
South West Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, remains one of Britain's most punctual train operators, according to the latest official performance data released today by Network Rail.
Almost 94% of service on Britain's railway during September ran on time, with Chiltern Railways being the most punctual.