Dear Subscriber,
Welcome to the August edition of the National Rail Trends (NRT) Portal newsletter.
This has been a busy month with the publication of annual safety, train operating company and government support official statistics.  Our sincere thanks to all our data suppliers who played their part on making this possible by supplying the underlying data.
NRT Portal user group
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12 September 2012, from 12 – 2pm, in central London.  Attending this user group is a good opportunity for you to get your views across on how we can make further improvements to the NRT Portal and see at first hand our ideas for making the NRT Portal more user-friendly and easier to navigate. 
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Key trends this month

  • SPAD:There were 52 signals passed at danger (SPADs) in 2012-13 Q1, which is a fall of 25.7% compared to 2011-12 Q1. It is also the lowest number of SPADs recorded in a quarter since the series began in 1999-00.
  • Infrastructure: The total route kilometres open for traffic decreased by 0.2% from 2010-11. The 2011-12 figure of 15,742 km is the lowest total since the time series began. The decline is due to some freight lines closing or being transferred/leased to the customer or private companies and no longer being part of the network. The total route kilometres open for freight traffic also decreased in 2011-12, with the figure of 1,236 km being the lowest total since the time series began.
  • Train operating company key statistics: These reports bring together key statistics, punctuality and complaints data for each train operating company. The TOC Key Statistics data includes new statistics that have not previously been published on the data portal, such as route kilometres, number of stations operated and number of employees.
  • Government support data: Government subsidy towards the railway industry in 2011-12 was £3,901 million (£3.9 billion), this is £59 million lower than the previous year. Central government grants were - £133 million in 2011-12, this reflects money which was received by government from the various train operating companies as part of their franchise agreement.
  • Annual safety reports: These tables show safety on Great Britain railways, for mainline, London Underground and on trams, metros and non-Network Rail network. The mainline safety data has previously been published by RSSB in their Annual Safety Performance Report (ASPR) and ORR has re-produced the figures. However, as part of this release, we have also included London Underground and ORR collected figures about heritage/DLR trains where possible. The safety data is new to the data portal and has not been published here before.

Current and future reports


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Best regards,
Folusho Amusan
Senior Business Intelligence Executive
Office of Rail Regulation
One Kemble Street
London WC2B 4AN