Rail stats show fall in train timekeeping

Northern Rail
Northern Rail

New figures have revealed that Northern Rail trains are less punctual than they were a year ag

Stats released by Network Rail, the owners of Britain’s railways, show a drop in the number of Northern Rail trains arriving on time at their final destination.

The firm’s reliability rating between April 1 and May 2 2015 was 92.8% compared to 95.3% in the same period in 2014, provisional figures show.

But Northern Rail is still performing better than the national average, as the national rating is 91.2% while the moving annual average is 89.6%.

Rolling annual figures calculated up until May 2 show that Northern Rail, which runs trains between Morecambe and Lancaster, and the Morecambe to Leeds service, is the 10th best performer out of 21 rail operators nationwide with a 90.8% PPM. The measure of train punctuality, known as Public Performance Measure (PPM), is commonly used across Europe.

It is calculated based on the number of trains arriving at their terminating station within five minutes for commuter services and within 10 minutes for long distance services.

Top performer is c2c Rail, which runs trains in the London area.

National train punctuality is measured for all trains across the whole network, including cancelled services and delays caused by external factors such as vandalism, extreme weather and suicides.

Northern Rail is performing well on train cancellations based on rolling annual figures. It rates fourth best out of 21 firms on the national list for Cancellation and Significant Lateness (CaSL). The firm has shown a slight increase in cancelled/significantly late trains from 1.0% to 1.4% compared to the same month last year.

A train is counted as being significantly late if it arrives at its terminating station 30 minutes or more late.

In ‘right-time performance’, which measures the percentage of trains arriving at their terminating station early or within 59 seconds of schedule, Northern Rail dropped from 80.8% to 74.6% based on the equivalent period last year, but has a 70.8% MAA, sixth best out of 23 in the country.

A spokesman for Northern Rail said: “Our trains continue to perform above the national average. We understand how important it is for our customers that their train is on time, which is why we have been working hard to deliver performance to levels our customers rightly expect.”