Thursday 11 Dec 2003
NETWORK RAIL RESPONSE TO NATIONAL RAIL TRENDS REPORT
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- The exceptional hot weather over the summer and the August London power black-out alone caused almost 6,000 hrs of delay
- Year to date (periods 1-8 (roughly April to October)) shows Network Rail’s delay minutes at 8.5 million down from 8.7 million for the same period in 2002.
- Of around 1.7 million delay minutes that are attributed each period around 790,000 minutes are attributable to infrastructure, 710,000 to TOCS and 200,000 to external events.
- Since 1999 the number of asset failure incidents on the rail network has remained largely static. The real story on punctuality is the significant increase in delays per incident. The causes of this increase are shared between Network Rail (35%), the TOCs (35%) and consequential or reactionary delays (30%).
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