Details of payments and premiums from all franchised train operators are set out in National Rail Trends, copies of which are in the Library of the House. Premium payments from London Eastern Railway (One) are stated as £45 million in 2004-05 and £55.6 million in 2005-06.
(2) whether penalties have been imposed on One Railway for individual service failures.
There is no specific obligation within the ‘One’ Franchise Agreement to allow penalties to be imposed. However, an enforcement notice may be served requiring a remedial plan, notifying the steps that will be taken to secure or facilitate compliance, to be provided.
‘One’ has failed to meet a service benchmark on 17 occasions since June 2005. This relates to the number of cancelled services. As required by the Franchising Agreement, ‘One’ put together a corrective plan of actions that has been the subject of a number of discussions with my officials to monitor progress.
A programme of rolling stock modification is already under way as part of the existing South West Trains franchise. It includes the removal of some seats from some trains to provide more standing room.
The invitation to tender for the new franchise asked bidders to provide details of how they intended to cope with further growth in passenger numbers. The successful bid submitted by Stagecoach South Western (SSW) included incentives for passengers to travel outside peak periods and further rolling stock modifications to cater for those unable to do so. Discussions between SSW and the rolling stock owners are continuing.
The National Passenger Survey was set up in 1999. The following table outlines how much has been spent on the survey in each financial year since then, inclusive of VAT.
Cost 1999-2000 251,475 2000-01 466,768 2001-02 507,515 2002-03 582,840 2003-04 642,396 2004-05 681,192 2005-06 692,215
Future funding for the survey has been agreed up to spring 2007. Work is currently out to tender so we are unable to provide any information on likely costs for the period after March 2007. Annual spend for the year 2006-07 is estimated at £719,800 inclusive of VAT.
Statistics on total passenger journeys and passenger in excess of capacity (PiXC) are published by the Office of Rail Regulation in National Rail Trends a copy of which is in the House Library. The 2005-06 Yearbook edition covers percentage of passengers in excess of capacity on all London train operators broken down into a.m. peak, p.m. peak and in total. Total passenger journeys figures are available by train operating companies; we do not have passenger journeys figures in the requested format.
This information has already been provided in a response by the Department for Transport to a Freedom of Information request, which was posted on the Department's website on 20 March 2006.
For ease of reference, the link to the Department for Transport's website is reproduced as follows:
The Service Level Commitment 2 (‘SLC2’) for the First Great Western franchise is available in the House of Commons Library. The Passenger Service Requirements of the former First Great Western and Wessex Trains franchises are also available in the House of Commons Library.
The Service Level Commitment 2 (‘SLC2’) for the First Great Western franchise is available in the House of Commons Library.
The average through journey times between London Paddington to Swansea are as follows:
Journey Average journey time London—Swansea (now) 3 hours Swansea—London (now) 3 hours 3 minutes London—Swansea (1995) 2 hours 58 minutes Swansea—London (1995) 3 hours 2 minutes London—Swansea (1994) 2 hours 58 minutes Swansea—London (1994) 3 hours 2 minutes
Average journey time
3 hours 3 minutes
2 hours 58 minutes
3 hours 2 minutes
2 hours 58 minutes
3 hours 2 minutes