Figures from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) reveal successful implementation of the 2019 summer timetable.
It is only early days of course, but data from the RDG in the first week since the timetable change shows that punctuality was largely unaffected.
Following the implementation of the 2019 summer timetable, 86.5% of trains arrived at their destination within three minutes of their scheduled time, with the public performance measure (PPM) standing at 89%.
There are efforts to improve these figures further; however, for now, it is good news that they are better than the figures for 2018, when 83% of services arrived within three minutes of the scheduled time, with an annual PPM of 86%.
When the 2019 summer timetable was implemented, an extra 1,000 services per week were added.
There was always going to be an element of trepidation about this process, given the chaos that ensued following the introduction of 2018’s summer timetable, which caused a raft of delays and cancellations.
It led to an investigation which found that the needs of passengers were not prioritised – something that had to change.
But up to now, it seems as though lessons have been learned, with new services that are more frequent and more comfortable, and punctuality largely unaffected.
Paul Plummer is the Chief Executive of the RDG, the organisation representing train companies and Network Rail.
He said the success of the 2019 summer timetable up to now is due to the rail workers who ensured this could happen.
He said: “Introducing 1,000 new services a week onto one of Europe’s busiest railways was a huge challenge.
“The fact it was accomplished with minimal disruption is testament to the hundreds of rail workers who made it happen.
“This new timetable is a small but important step in our big plan to deliver thousands of additional services and improved carriages over the coming years to make journeys better and ensure the railway is fit for the future.”