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2001-12-13 ATO-001


Performance figures highlight the need for rail stability

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Performance figures highlight the need for rail stability

13 December 2001
source ATOC
type Press release

Commenting on the On Track report published by the Strategic Rail Authority, which covers the six month period to 13 October 2001, ATOC Director General, George Muir said:

"Given stability, the industry is fully capable of sorting out the current problems and getting performance back. We have done it in the past and we can do it again. Railway workers are professional people and will get the job done.

"Six points arising from the latest information;

1. Over the summer, punctuality was down because of temporary speed restrictions, but four out of five trains were running on time.

2. Every Autumn, punctuality falls by about ten percentage points, which is what is happening this Autumn.

A lot of new measures, such are sanders and more vegetation management, are being implemented to improve Autumn performance. These will be effective when they are bedded down. Performance this Autumn is not worse than last Autumn.

3. The latest evidence is that safety is being maintained. Safety precursors, such things as SPADs and broken rails, are down this year. This is a testament to the professionalism of all railway workers.

4. I do not accept the argument about morale. Of course Railtrack needs a strong permanent management team but railway workers are proud and professional people and will get the job done.

5. Passenger satisfaction over the summer was not lower than in the previous year, despite the difficulties. Indeed, satisfaction with information provision is slightly up.

6. Fares for season tickets and other controlled tickets around London will fall on average next year by 1.4%."

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For more information: ATOC press office 020 7904 3010

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