Dear Subscriber,
Welcome to the September edition of the National Rail Trends (NRT) Portal newsletter.
We would like to thank all those who attended the NRT Portal user group meeting earlier this month, providing us with valuable feedback on how we can improve the NRT Portal (data portal).
The process for improving the performance of the NRT Portal has kick-started and one of the things we have done is to change our suppliers.  This was carried out on 25 September and at the same time migrating the NRT Portal to a new server.  Our apologies for any inconvenience caused by being unable to use the NRT Portal from the evening of Friday 21 September 2012 to the afternoon of Monday 24 September 2012.
SharePoint data supply
As part of the migration, we consolidated our SharePoint data supply to the same server and for those  that supply data to us using SharePoint,  please note that the domain name has changed from ‘orr’ to ‘dw’.  This means that when you logon to SharePoint to upload data to us, the account name to use must be prefixed with ‘dw’ in place of ‘orr’.  For example, if the previous username was ‘orr\orr_acc’, it now becomes ‘dw\orr_acc’.  Your password is not affected and remains unchanged. 
Key trends this month

  • Average Age of Rolling Stock:The average age of all rolling stock in 2012-13 Q1 was 17.93 years, an increase of 0.7 years on 2011-12 Q1 which is its highest since 2003-04 Q3 when it was 18.36 years. For the Long distance and London and South East sectors the average age of rolling stock has fallen over the last 10 years (since 2002-03 Q1) by 1.2 years and 4.4 years respectively whilst the average age of rolling stock in the regional sector has increased by 4.3 years.
  • Freight Performance Measure:The freight performance measure in 2012-13 Q1 was 77.3%, an increase of 0.9 percentage points on 2012-13 Q1. The freight moved annual average for 2012-13 Q1 stands at 76.0%, this is 2.5 percentage points higher than Q1 last year and the highest recorded in the time series.  
  • Network Rail Monitor Key Statistics:  The Network Rail Monitor Key Statistic reports bring together key statistics including network availability, public performance measure, cancelations and significant lateness, freight performance measure, Network Rail  delay minutes and infrastructure. These statistics are provided for Great Britain, England and Wales, and for Scotland.
  • Public Performance Measure: 5 out of 19 franchised train operators had a higher percentage of trains on time in 2012-13 Q1 when compared to Q1 2011-12. Virgin Trains, who have consistently had the lowest PPM of all franchised operators since 2011-12 Q2, recorded the lowest proportion of trains on time during 2012-13 Q1 with a PPM of 86.3%. C2C had the highest PPM during 2012-13 Q1 of 97.7%.   
  • Rail usage (Passenger KM's, journeys and revenue):  These show total franchised passenger revenue reached £1.9billion in 2012-13 Q1, an increase of 8.2% on 2011-12 Q1. In 2012-13 Q1 there were 14.3 billion franchised kilometres, an increase of 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Passenger kilometres by London and South East and Long distance franchised operators increased in 2012-13 Q1 compared to the same quarter last year, but passenger kilometres by franchised regional operators decreased in 2012-13 Q1 compared to 2011-12 Q1.
  • Freight lifted:  The total quarterly freight lifted in 2012-13 Q1 was 28.9 million tonnes an increase of 19.8% compared to 2011-12 Q1. Coal lifted has increased by 32.1% since 2011-12 Q1 to 12.9 million tonnes in 2012-13 Q1. The volume of other freight lifted in 2012-13 Q1 was 16.1 million tonnes, an 11.5% increase on 2011-12 Q1.
  • Freight moved:  In 2012-13 Q1 the total amount of freight moved was 5.49 billion net tonne kilometres, a 6.8% increase compared to the same quarter the previous year. The total amount of coal moved during 2012-13 Q1, 1.87 billion net tonne kilometres, was the largest within a quarter since 2008-09 Q4, and a 23.8% increase on the same quarter last year.

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