Punctuality on the railways reached 93.7% during May, according to monthly performance data released today by Network Rail.
Trains being ‘on time’ is measured by passenger trains reaching their scheduled destination within a set time period. For long distance trains ‘on time’ is within 10 minutes of the timetabled arrival time, for all others it is within 5 minutes.
This data for Britain’s train services covers the period from May 1-28 2011. This compares to the same figure of 93.7% for the same period last year.
Train operator c2c were again the most punctual rail company, and the least punctual was East Coast.
Franchise vs Punctuality %
Arriva Trains Wales: 95.4
c2c Rail: 97.5
East Coast: 85.9
East Midlands Trains: 94.5
First Capital Connect: 92.6
First Great Western: 92.0
First Scotrail: 90.1
First Transpennine Express: 95.4
London Midland: 94.1
London Overground: 96.2
National Express East Anglia: 93.2
Northern Rail: 93.9
South West Trains: 95.3
Virgin Trains: 89.6
National Average: 93.7
The data released also showed significant delays to some services.
On May 9th, a signal failure between Reading and Twyford caused 139 trains to be cancelled which resulted in 5967 minutes of delays.
Increasing cable thefts which caused signal failures also had huge impacts on delays. In two separate incidents, 95 trains were affected and delays of 7423 minutes were recorded.