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28 May, 2009
Metro has welcomed news that this week
Northern Rail ran a record 97.73% of its Area East trains, which
serve busy West Yorkshire destinations, on-time.
On Tuesday 26 May, 1,120 of the 1146
Northern's scheduled services in its Eastern operations area, which
includes busy commuter routes to Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield,
Wakefield and Halifax, ran on time.
"These results, which comes in a week
that showed another rise in the rail company's annual punctuality
rating to 89.6% is good news for West Yorkshire rail users," said
Metro Chairman Councillor Chris Greaves. "I would like to
congratulate Northern on this achievement and the improvements they
"Late-running and cancelled trains
have become a favourite clichÉ of newsreaders and media
pundits but these results show that in reality the vast majority of
trains run, and run on time," added Councillor Greaves
"And where there are delays," he
continued, "they are increasingly the result of mindless track-side
vandalism or the theft of signalling cables which cause great
inconvenience and put passengers at risk.
"I would urge anyone who witnesses or
knows anything about this vandalism or theft to report it to the
Police and can reassure passengers that Metro will continue to work
with Northern, Network Rail, British Transport Police and other
agencies to reduce these incidents and give train operators the
best chance to continue running their services on time."
Councillor Greaves went on to say that
he was pleased to see that punctuality for First TransPennine
Express services had remained just over 90% and that National
Express services to London Kings Cross were at almost 87%.
He added that Metro was continuing to
work with operators to secure the extra train capacity and network
improvements that would mean continued growth of rail use.
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