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Railways

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger delay minutes for Virgin Trains there were in each quarter since January 2006; and what proportion of these delays were caused by (a) Virgin Trains and (b) Network Rail in each quarter. (218676)

The information requested is in the following table.

Delay minutes caused by Virgin Trains services

Proportion of delay caused by Network Rail (percentage)

Proportion of delay cause by Virgin Trains (percentage)

Q4, 2005-06

131,712

71

16

Q1, 2006-07

125,949

67

19

Q2, 2006-07

151,340

67

20

Q3, 2006-07

205,026

68

16

Q4, 2006-07

158,011

74

14

Q1, 2007-08

144,987

74

14

Q2, 2007-08

160,235

73

16

Q3, 2007-08

269,973

70

14

Q4, 2007-08

183,881

75

12

Q1, 2008-09

166,608

79

9

Note:

Remaining percentage is accounted for by delays to Virgin Trains caused by other train operators

‘Quarterly’ data are reported in four weekly periods. Quarter 3 of each year comprises four four-weekly periods and the other quarters comprise three four-weekly periods.

A proportion of delays are caused by other train operators rather than Network Rail or the operator of the train affected.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger delay minutes for Arriva Trains Wales there were in each quarter since January 2006; and what proportion of these delays were caused by (a) Arriva Trains Wales and (b) Network Rail in each quarter. (218677)

The information requested is in the following table:

Q42005-06

Q12006-07

Q22006-07

Q32006-07

Q42006-07

Q12007-08

Q22007-08

Q32007-08

Q42007-08

Q12008-09

Delay minutes caused to Arriva Trains Wales' services

208,447

244,250

277,951

331,242

182,356

143,412

160,811

210,637

139,037

142,437

Proportion of delay minutes caused by Network Rail (%)

36

35

42

42

47

45

48

43

46

48

Proportion of delay minutes caused by Arriva Trains Wales (%)

55

57

51

50

45

47

44

45

44

41

Note: Remaining percentage is accounted for by delays to ATW trains caused by other train operators.

'Quarterly' data are reported in four weekly periods. Quarter 3 of each year comprises four four-weekly periods and the other quarters comprise three four-weekly periods. A proportion of delays are caused by other train operators rather than Network Rail or the operator of the train affected.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account her Department takes of the provision of unadvertised rail services to compensate for network repairs or other unforeseen events when evaluating the performance of train operating companies. (219133)

The public performance measure for rail takes account of service alterations made in advance, in order to reflect properly how trains have run compared with the train service plan for any particular day.

Services are measured against the plan in place for that day, and the evaluation of a train operating company's performance will therefore reflect events where services may be disrupted.