East Midlands Trains punctuality declines

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Early autumn train puntuality in the region has worsened compared with performance this time last year.

Ninety-two per cent of journeys by East Midlands Trains, which serves the north Northamptonshire, from September 15 to October 12 were on time, according to the latest figures. This was a fall from the 94.3 per cent recorded last year.

Nationally the poorest-performing company was First TransPennine Express with a figure of 87.8 per cent.

The best-performing company was the London to Tilbury and Southend operator c2c, which ran 97.8 per cent of trains on time.

Commenting on the latest figures, a spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies said: “More than nine out of 10 trains arrived as planned according to the punctuality measure set by Government.

“Train companies are committed to working with Network Rail to focus efforts on providing passengers with an even better service.”

The figures come as season ticket holders prepare for average annual fare rises of 4.1 per cent in January, with some fares possibly going up by as much as 6.1 per cent even taking into account the Government’s recent fares cap announcement.

An Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) spokesman said: “Network Rail must remain focused on improving performance of Britain’s railways for passengers.

“The ORR is currently finalising plans for Britain’s rail network between 2014 and 2019. These plans will include extra funding to support better performance with tough new targets so that Network Rail delivers what matters for passengers - safe, reliable services across the network and fewer bad days.”

The figures are based on the public performance measure (PPM) under which shorter-distance trains arriving within five minutes of the scheduled time are regarded as being on time.

Under the PPM, long-distance trains getting in within 10 minutes of the scheduled time are also regarded as being on time.