Dear Subscriber,
Welcome to the July edition of the National Rail Trends (NRT) Portal newsletter.
Since last month’s newsletter, both ourselves and Network Rail have published punctuality data which shows the number of passenger services arriving earlier or within a minute of their scheduled arrival time; we led the industry on publication of this data.  This detailed information at rail industry sector level is one we believe to be a first for the industry[1] and shows how the rail industry has taken a lead in the transport sector.  The provision of this data falls within the transparency agenda we are promoting within the industry.
We have also published this month and for the first time on the NRT Portal, Fares and Freight market indicators datasets/reports.
NRT Portal user group
For those of who have yet to register for the NRT Portal user group meeting taking place on 12 September 2012, from 12 – 2pm, you still have an opportunity to do so. Attending this user group is a really good opportunity for you to get your views across on how we can make further improvements to the NRT Portal and for you to hear directly from us on what we have done so far.  We will be presenting our ideas on making the NRT Portal more user-friendly and easier to navigate, and some thoughts we have on improving the Report Wizard and we are keen to get feedback from our users.
If you would like to attend, please email us at:  dataportal@orr.gsi.gov.uk  and someone from the team will contact you.
Key trends this month

  • Fares: The average increase in fares between January 2011 and January 2012 was 6.1%. Fares in the regional sector increased by an average of 6.4% compared to the 6.1% increase for fares in the London and South East and long-distance sectors.
  • Freight market indicators:
    • Impact on road haulage: The number of lorry kilometres required to transport the amount of freight moved by rail was 1.44 billion kilometres in 2010-11, a 2.1% increase on 2009-10. This is the highest since the time series began, and has increased by 6.0% since 2002-03.
    • Rail market share: In 2010 8.4% of all freight moved was carried out on the rail network, with 18.6 billion net tonne kilometres. The proportion of freight moved by rail has declined by 0.5 percentage points compared to the previous year. Since 1998 the proportion of freight moved by rail has increased by 1.4 percentage points.
    • Freight train movements: There were 273,870 freight trains run on the network during 2011-12. The number of freight trains run was 3.1% higher than the previous year; however there has been a decline since 2003-04 with 34.2% fewer trains running in 2011-12 compared to 2003-04.
  • Timetabled train kilometres (TTKM): Comparing 2012-13 Q1 with 2011-12 Q1, the largest increase in timetabled train kilometres was for London Overground (10.2%) and Chiltern (7.9%) which have both had new timetables with an increased number of services implemented since May 2011.
  • Trains arriving early or within one minute of scheduled arrival time: In 2011-12, 69.8% of trains were "right time". This is 0.2 percentage points higher than the same period in 2010-11, but 0.4 percentage points lower than the peak in 2009-10.
  • Crowding data:
    • City centre peak and all day arrivals and departures by rail on a typical autumn weekday 2011: Outside London, Birmingham had the highest number of passengers travelling during the peaks, with 36 thousand arrivals in the AM peak and 40 thousand departures in the PM peak.
    • Passengers in excess of capacity (PiXC) - London and South East train operators annual from 2008: Overall crowding across both peaks, as measured by the percentage of passengers in excess of capacity (PiXC), was 3.2 per cent in 2011 on London & South East rail services. This was an increase from 3.0 per cent in 2010.
    • Peak crowding on a typical autumn weekday by city and train operator -2011: Birmingham had the highest PiXC level outside London in the AM peak with 3.1 per cent of passengers in excess of capacity. Manchester had the highest PiXC level in the PM peak with 2.5 per cent of passengers in excess of capacity.

Current and future reports

  • NRT Quarterly Summary (Q4): This quarterly report will provide a summary of rail industry performance in Great Britain for 2011-12 Q4 and draws on all of the National Rail Trend (NRT) data that released on the ORR data portal (http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/) in the last quarter.  Q4 will be published on 2 August.  Please note this is a static document so even once it is published you should always check the NRT data portal for the latest data.
  • To access a list of reports and datasets recently added, please see: https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/release-history. For 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.


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  • 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

[1] ATOC press release:  http://www.atoc.org/media-centre/latest-press-releases/new-rail-performance-data-released-100711