Railways: Scotland

Transport written question – answered on 29th October 2013.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Labour, Edinburgh South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what the punctuality targets are for trains between (a) Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross and (b) Glasgow Central and London Euston; and what proportion of those targets are currently being met;

(2) what plans he has to (a) amend the current punctuality targets for trains between (i) Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross and (ii) Glasgow Central and London Euston and (b) announce any such amendment.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Department does not set such targets for specific routes.

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) sets regulated outputs which are the minimum level of performance specified as obligations for Network Rail to achieve, and these are set by sector. Network Rail are required by ORR's final determinations to deliver improvements in the public performance measure (PPM) for punctuality at both a national and sector level. The targets for period 2009-14 for the long distance sector were:

Public performance measure
  (Percentage annual average)
2009/10 88.6
2010/11 89.4
2011/12 90.9
2012/13 91.5
2013/14 92

The Office of Rail Regulation is expected to publish shortly its decision on targets for the next period, 2014-19.

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