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East Coast Railway Line

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the reliability figures for the East Coast Line were in each of the last four months. (316883)

The percentage of trains arriving on time or within ten minutes of schedule is recorded as the ‘Public Performance Measure’ (PPM). The information requested is outlined in the following table:

Railway period start

PPM (actual) (percentage)

PPM (MAA) (percentage)

Previous year PPM MAA (percentage)

Change in MAA since 2008

23 August 2009

87.9

88.6

85.2

Improvement

20 September 2009

91.5

88.6

85.5

Improvement

18 October 2009

87.9

89.0

85.4

Improvement

15 November 2009

85.2

88.9

85.5

Improvement

13 December 2009

67.4

87.5

85.7

Improvement

Due to the severe weather the monthly PPM figure for the period starting December 2009 is considerably lower than for the period starting in November 2009.

Because of seasonal variations in performance, a more useful indicator of long-term trends is the Moving Annual Average—which is simply the average over the last 12 months.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department was involved in discussions on new uniforms for staff on trains operated by the East Coast rail company. (316884)

The Department for Transport was not involved in this decision. Management decisions such as this are made by East Coast.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much is planned to be spent on new livery for trains operated by the East Coast rail company. (316885)

This is an operational matter for East Coast.

The hon. Member should contact the chair of East Coast at the following address for a more detailed response to her question:

Elaine Holt

Chair

East Coast

East Side Offices

King's Cross Station

London N1C 4AP