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More than 85% of trains 'on time'
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Punctuality for July-August was 6.4% better than the 2004 period
More than 85% of trains were on time last month but some companies still ran a fifth of their services late, according to figures from Network Rail.

Releasing monthly punctuality figures for the first time, it said 87.8% of trains were on time between 24 July and 20 August, compared to 81.4% in 2004.

But less than 80% of trains run by Central Trains, First Great Western and TransPennine Express were punctual.

Chiltern Railways and c2c performed best, with 95.3% punctuality, it said.

TOP FIVE PERFORMERS
c2c 95.3%
Chiltern Railways 95.3%
West Anglia Great Northern 94.2%
Merseyrail 93.6%
Midland Mainline 92.3%
*Network Rail figures for 24 July - 20 August 2005.

West Anglia Great Northern ran 94.2% of trains on time and Merseyrail 93.6%.

Operators cut the numbers of minutes in which delays occurred by 29% compared with the same July to August period last year, Network Rail said.

The company - which operates Britain's rail infrastructure - also announced it had reduced delays for which it was responsible from 885,000 to 564,000 minutes over the same period.

The company defines "on time" as being within five minutes of the scheduled arrival time of a London and south east or regional train.

For long-haul trains, "on time" is defined as within 10 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.

FIVE WORST PERFORMERS
TransPennine Express 78.8%
First Great Western 79.4%
Central Trains 79.5%
Arriva Trains Wales 80.5%
Thameslink 83.4%
*Network Rail figures for 24 July - 20 August 2005.

Network Rail chief executive John Armitt said: "August's performance has been good and builds on the momentum of the past two years that has seen steady and consistent improvement.

"The industry's challenge is to keep this momentum going throughout the autumn leaf-fall season ahead."

The Association of Train Operating Companies said: "This is an especially good result for August, from train operators and Network Rail, but punctuality remains a very real challenge."

Network Rail said it would publish four-weekly train performance data on its website.

John Armitt it made "absolute sense" to make train performance data more accessible.


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