21 May 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to new rail performance data that shows our railways need fundamental reform.
RAIL UNION RMT today called for root and branch reform and a new deal for our railways in response to new passenger rail performance data released by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) that showed the UK’s railways are continuing to perform badly.
Data from the final quarter of 2019/20, recorded almost entirely before the railway’s revised timetable due to COVID19 lockdown, showed that:
• Fewer than 65 per cent of trains were running on time (the percentage of recorded station stops arrived at ‘on time’) (early or less than one minute after the scheduled time)
• Only 86.2 per cent of trains were punctual using the Public Performance Measure (PPM) (early or less than 5/10 minutes after the scheduled arrival time) at their final destination
• A shocking 3.4 per cent of all trains were cancelled
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“This data shows once again that our railways are not fit for purpose and are failing both passengers and our members.
“The fact that fewer than 65 per cent of trains run on time shows the need for fundamental reform and instead of re-negotiating contracts in September the government should be resetting our railways and taking franchises back into public ownership with a new deal that puts passengers and key railway workers first.”
ORR Passenger Rail Performance 2019-20 Q4 Statistical Release