East Coast Main Line

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Labour/Co-operative, Edinburgh North and Leith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many occasions in (a) 2001 (b) 2000 and (c) 1999 services on the east coast main line have been disrupted owing to collapse or other failure of the overhead power cables; and what average length of delay has been caused to passenger services as a result.

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

pursuant to his reply, 23 October 2001, c. 191–92W

The following corrected table from Railtrack shows the number of overhead line failures attributable to Railtrack and the train operators respectively in 1999, 2000 and 2001:

Minutes delay to ECML passenger services due to overhead line problems—period 11 (January) 1999 to end of period 6 (mid September) 2001
Year Total minutes delay Number of incidents Average delay Percentage of all delays ECML
Railtrack attributable (overhead line)
1999 19,328 157 123 5.4
2000 24,037 134 179 3.0
2001 17,797 100 178 2.9
TOC attributable (pantograph)
2000 (1)387 (1)5 (1)77 (1)0.2
2001 8,149 13 627 2.2

(1) Data relating to these were not collected until summer 2000

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