January 2012 newsletter

Dear Subscriber,
We are pleased to say that there are now well over 1,000 registered users of the National Rail Trends (NRT) Portal, and the number of visits to the site increases each month. While we are very pleased about growing interest in the site, we are conscious of the need to constantly innovate.
This newsletter is the first of 2012 and the first since our inaugural NRT Portal User Group on 23 January 2012. We have listened to your feedback from that event and focused on key trends / developments in this newsletter. 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
NRT Portal user group
The first NRT Portal user group meeting took place on Monday 23 January 2012.  The session was productive and we received invaluable feedback. Users told us that the NRT Portal met a number of their requirements but there were other areas for improvement. These included better signposting, better navigation to find the data they are after, one click access to the latest dataset, an indication of when the report was last updated and providing an option to logon as a guest.  We have taken all our users comments on board and we will keep you informed of our progress in addressing them in subsequent issues of the newsletter.
We would like to say a big thank you to all those who took the time to attend the session and to our hosts at the Department for Transport.
If you have any other comments you wish to add, please feel free to send to us at:  dataportal@orr.gsi.gov.uk.
Key trends – Q3 2011-2012
Timetabled Train Kilometres (TTKM) shows the number of kilometres (km) each train operating company will achieve according to the winter and summer train timetable if they are operating at full capacity.

  • The total amount of timetabled train km has increased by 1.3% in 2011-12 Q3, when compared to the same quarter last year. Franchised operators have increased by 1.4% whereas non-franchised operators have decreased by 11.6%.
  • The non-franchised decline is mainly due to the closure of Wrexham and Shropshire trains during 2011-12 Q1.

ORR website survey
If you use the ORR website, we would welcome your input on how to improve the service we provide.  This is part of an annual survey and is an opportunity for you to say something about how we can improve the site.  Please click on the link below to complete this year’s survey. It will only take a few minutes.  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9F6LKFN
Best regards,
Folusho Amusan
Senior Business Intelligence Executive
Office of Rail Regulation
One Kemble Street
London WC2B 4AN