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Network Rail Monitor
Welcome to the home page of the Network Rail Monitor. This document is part of how we hold Network Rail to account.
The Monitor sets out in plain English how we think Network Rail is doing in delivering its obligations to its customers and funders, and highlights any areas of concern.
Network Rail Monitor key statistics publication dates are also available.
The latest Monitor is for Q2 2013-14:
A summary of what is in the downloadable PDF of the Network Rail Monitor follows below. Click on the headings to navigate to the main sections of the publication.
At the end of Quarter 2 (Q2) (21 July 2013 to 12 October 2013) punctuality as measured by the Public Performance Measure (PPM) MAA varied between 0.9 percentage points (pp) behind target for regional services and 5.1pp behind for long distance services. Some 122,600 services missed their PPM target during Q2. The company faces a substantial financial penalty at the end of 2013-14 if it does not achieve its target for long distance services.
Despite relatively benign weather during Q2, performance deteriorated and the downturn in Scotland now means there is a real danger that all sectors will miss their regulated performance outputs at the end of the current control period (CP4). This monitor provides some detail on the various causes of delay.
With just four months of CP4 left, Network Rail must make appropriate use of all the funding it has and put in every effort to close the performance gap by the end of March 2014. Clearly preparing for winter will be a key part of this. We will be looking to the company’s quarterly reports on performance in all sectors for evidence that it is doing everything reasonably practicable to close the performance gap. The reports will also indicate what shape Network Rail will be in to deliver the challenging but achievable targets we have set for the next control period (CP5).
Separately, early indications are that Network Rail worked well with the train operators to manage the impact of the severe storm which struck parts of the country on 28 October.
At the end of period 7 (15 September 2013 – 12 October 2013), delays to freight trains were 5.8% behind target. However the industry appears to have recovered from the disruption caused by the Hatfield Colliery landslip and performance is improving.
Asset management is fundamental to train performance, efficiency and safety. In the first two quarters of 2013-14 there were 4.8% more infrastructure incidents across the network than last year causing 7.8% more delay to trains, which equates to about 1.7 million minutes. Ageing assets eventually have to be renewed as maintenance costs increase and performance deteriorates.
Deferral of renewals scheduled for completion earlier in CP4 means that the company needs to do more work in the next four months than it has previously done. Although this work is funded Network Rail has indicated that it is unlikely to deliver. This reinforces why we have set tighter asset management outputs for CP5 and will be monitoring these much more closely.
Network Rail remains generally on course to deliver the programme of enhancements agreed for CP4. The completion of the major re-signalling work at Nottingham in August was a notable achievement bringing benefits to passengers in the form of enhanced capacity and improved performance. We are continuing to monitor projects which are at risk, notably the Great Western electrification programme.
In this Q2 edition of the Network Rail Monitor, we focus mainly on England and Wales - we publish a separate edition covering Scotland ( PDF 351 Kb).
Last updated: 28 November 2013
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