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Railways: Intercity Services

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will separate statistics on intercity train services operated by First Great Western from the local and suburban services operated by that company in the public performance measure so that direct comparisons can be made with other intercity operators. [HL2838]

On 1 April 2006 the separate First Great Western, First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains franchises were combined to form the new Greater Western franchise. The former First Great Western provided intercity train services.

Nationally, performance data are published at a franchise level and not broken down in a more disaggregated level as it is at this level that the train operating companies are monitored. In February 2007 (the latest data available) First Great Western’s performance was 83.4 per cent (measured in the moving annual average of the public performance measure). I am not aware of any plans by Network Rail to change the method by which it records train operating companies’ performance.