February 2012 newsletter

Dear Subscriber,
Welcome to the February edition of the National Rail Trends (NRT) portal newsletter. 
One key piece of feedback from our user engagement in September 2011 (http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.2256) was that users would like improved searches.  We have now improved this facility by assigning up to five meta tags (keywords) for each report and indicator.
We are working on other areas of the valuable feedback received and will keep you informed of our progress in future newsletters.
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Key trends this month

  • Network Rail Monitor (Key Statistics 2011-2012 Q3) - An important tool used for holding Network rail to account.
  • SPADs 2011-2012 Q3- There were 70 signals passed at danger in 2011-12 Q3. This is a decrease of 29.3% on 2010-11 Q3.
  • Average age of rolling stock- The average age of rolling stock in 2011-12 Q3 was 17.55 years. This is an increase of 0.48 years since 2010-11 Q3. This is mainly due to a reduction in the average age of regional rolling stock which has fallen by 0.22 years since 2010-11 Q3.
  • FPM- FPM in 2011-12 Q3 was 72.9%, an increase of 4.5 percentage points on 2010-11 Q3. 2011-12 Q2 and Q3 both improved their performance compared to the equivalent quarters in 2010-11. The moving annual average for FPM has increased for the third successive quarter. It now stands at 74.8 which is the highest it has been since it reached its peak in 2010-11 Q2.
  • PPM - The national PPM in Q3 (franchised and non-franchised) was 89.3%, 4.0 percentage points higher than Q3 last year. The PPM MAA for franchised operators is currently the highest ever recorded at 92.1, 1.4 percentage points higher than the PPM MAA at the end of Q3 last year.

Current and future reports
To access a list of reports or datasets recently added please follow this link: https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/release-history
For a list of all forthcoming reports and when they are published, please refer to the publication schedule at: http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.1862
If you have any comments, please feel free to drop us a line at:  dataportal@orr.gsi.gov.uk.
Best regards,
Folusho Amusan
Senior Business Intelligence Executive
Office of Rail Regulation
One Kemble Street
London WC2B 4AN