Northern Rail trains missing timing targets

Punctual: Stats show rail firms are missing targets
Punctual: Stats show rail firms are missing targets
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New figures have revealed Northern Rail trains are less punctual than they were a year ago.

Statistics 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 per cent compared to 95.3 per cent in the same period in 2014, provisional figures show.

But Northern Rail is still performing better than the national average of 91.2 per cent, while the moving annual average is 89.6 per cent.

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.”

Rolling annual figures calculated up until May 2 show that Northern Rail, which runs several services from Preston, including to Blackpool, Liverpool, East Lancashire and between Morecambe and Lancaster, is the 10th best performer out of 21 rail operators nationwide with a 90.8 per cent Public Performance Measure (PPM).

PPM 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.

Northern Rail is performing well on train cancellations based on rolling annual figures. It rates fourth best out of 21 firms nationally, though has shown a slight increase in cancelled/significantly late trains from one per cent to 1.4 per cent compared to the same month last year.