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2003-12-11 ATO-001


ATOC response to SRA national rail trends – July to September 2003

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ATOC response to SRA national rail trends – July to September 2003

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11 December 2003
source ATOC
type Press release

Commenting on the latest train performance figures released today by the Strategic Rail Authority, George Muir, Director General of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said:

"The 2% rise in passenger numbers over the past year is good news. It shows that the new trains, improving customer information and on board service are making train travel increasingly attractive.

We are approaching a key milestone. We now predict that there will be more than one billion passenger journeys travelled by rail this calendar year - the highest level since 1962 when car travel was a fraction of what it is today - confirming that Britain has one of Europe’s fastest growing railways.

"We are also pleased that the number of customer complaints is significantly down and hope this trend can be maintained as rail travel continues to change for the better."

"However, while 10 train operators have improved their punctuality, overall levels remain static. The whole industry is working very hard to improve punctuality. Performance was adversely affected by the sustained hot weather during August which resulted in temporary speed restrictions on large parts of the intercity and busy commuter networks."


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About ATOC

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) is the official voice for the passenger rail industry – representing train companies to the government and other opinion formers on transport policy issues. Britain’s train operators are working together to change rail travel for the better.
ATOC manages many joint activities for train operators including revenue allocation and settlement, impartial retailing, the National Rail Enquiry Service (NRES), Railcard marketing, staff travel arrangements, international products and travel agent licensing.

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