Welcome to the first National Rail Trends (NRT) Portal newsletter of 2013.
We now have a date for the NRT Portal focus group that will review the improvements and changes we are making to the NRT Portal.  The event will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2013 from 12-2pm at ORR’s central London offices. We have received a good response to the invitation to review the new design, but there are still places available. If you’re interested in attending the focus group, or would like further information about the event, please email: dataportal@orr.gsi.gov.uk.  It is critical that we get as much feedback as possible to make sure the new design meets user’s needs; we therefore recommend as many people as possible attend this event. Thank you very much to those who have already volunteered.
Key trends this month

  • Timetabled train kilometres (TTKM):  The total number of timetabled train kilometres has increased by 1.3% compared to 2011-12 Q3. The largest increases in timetabled train kilometres for franchised operators were for London Overground (7.6%) and Chiltern (4.4%). London Overground's timetabled train kilometres have steadily increased since introducing a new timetable in May 2011, which improved train frequencies on many routes. Chiltern's timetabled train kilometres have increased compared to 2011-12 Q3 as their Mainline timetable was introduced between London Marylebone, Banbury and Birmingham in September 2011. The number of timetabled train kilometres for the non-franchised operators (First Hull Trains, Grand Central and Heathrow Express) increased 2.0% compared to 2011-12 Q3. This is partly due to a 5.2% increase in timetabled kilometres by Grand Central who are operating an additional train per weekday between Hartlepool and London King's Cross from December 2012.

Current and future reports

  • NRT Quarterly Summary (Q2): The latest quarterly report is now available at: http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.1527. This report provides a summary of rail industry performance in Great Britain for 2012-13 Q2, drawing on all of the National Rail Trend (NRT) data that was released on the ORR data portal (http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/) in the last quarter. Please note this is a static document and you should always check the NRT data portal for the latest data.
  • For a list of reports and datasets recently added, please see: https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/release-history. To view a list of all forthcoming reports and when they are published, refer to our publication schedule at: http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.1862.
  • Public Performance Measure (PPM) Revision: Following a review of the methodology used to calculate the currently published public performance measure the ORR intend to make revisions to the published dataset. These changes will be presented and discussed at the rail statistics stakeholder meeting prior to publication of the revised data in February 2013.


  • Use of NRT data– We are committed to continually improve the information we provide and welcome your views on what you use National Rail Trends data for.  This feeds directly into the presentation of data and our process for improving the quality of notes we provide with each dataset, table or chart and also helps to ensure that we are complying with the UKSA code of practice. Please click on the following link to complete a short survey.  It’ll only take a few minutes: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/useofNRT
  • Your feedback is useful to us. 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