Tuesday 7 Jun 2005
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ORR PUBLICATIONS
- 17% reduction in Network Rail delay minutes, from 13.7m in 03/04 to 11.4m in 04/05
- Increase in ‘on time’ trains from 81.2% last year to 83.6% in 04/05
- 19 consecutive months of improving performance delivered
- Broken rails at lowest ever levels. 322 recorded in 04/05 compared with over 900 just five years ago
- Track faults 23% down on 03/04, temporary speed restrictions down 18%, points failures down 11%, signal failures down 9%, track circuit failures down 7%
- Work volumes have also vastly increased. Compared to just five years ago, 95% more rail laid (626 miles compared to 321in 99/00), 81% increase in ballast renewed (450 miles compared to 249) and a 293% increase in sets of points replaced (511 compared to just 130)
- 15,000 new employees joined the Company as maintenance was taken in-house
- Huge investment in people with £20m+ purchase of new leadership centre, advanced apprenticeship scheme launched for 1,000 young people and new state-of-the-art signalling training centres opened
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.