Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

East Anglia: Performance of rural rail services dragged down by shortage of trains and replacement buses on Felixstowe branch

06:00 12 April 2014

Greater Anglia train.

Greater Anglia train.

Archant

Trains running on the eastern side of the region still showed timekeeping below the national average during March according to new figures.

And the figures for rural services were especially poor – dragged down by a shortage of trains and bus replacements on the Felixstowe branch.

Overall Abellio Greater Anglia’s figures showed that 92.1% of its trains ran on time, compared with 91.4% for the national rail network for the four weeks to March 31.

However on the mainline, only 90.5% of trains ran on time, and on rural services the figure was 88.7%. Services to West Anglia, Southend, and Stansted Airport were more punctual and boosted the company’s overall figure.

Greater Anglia’s rural services faced problems because of a serious shortage of diesel units. One unit was away for planned refurbishment and others had to be taken out of service to repair damage.

These are all now returning to service.

There were also several of people being hit by trains on both the main line and rural routes – each of these led to delays on services.

Across the region, however, the company’s figures were better than the previous four-week period.

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: “It is encouraging that our train service performance improved in March compared to the previous four-week period.

“We recognise there is more work to do in delivering consistent levels of performance and I would like to assure customers of our ongoing commitment to work closely with our colleagues at Network Rail in doing all we can to further improve train punctuality.

“I am pleased that most of our Intercity services are now running to their planned capacity as coaches have returned to service following scheduled maintenance.

“On our Rural network, we have now resolved most of the reliability issues that had affected services on the branch lines out of Ipswich and Norwich, when a number of trains were undergoing repair.

“We are also continuing to work with our industry partners to improve reliability.”

The figures are compiled by Network Rail from services across the country and are published every four weeks to provide a record of the progress of every train operator.

0 comments

Honey Rose arriving at Ipswich Crown Court during her trial

An eye expert who missed serious abnormalities in the eyes of an “active and football loving” Ipswich schoolboy who later died has walked free from court after being given a suspended prison sentence.

Terminally ill Skye Biggs, pictured with her mother Lana Heath and brother together with Felixstowe Mayor and consort Jan and Jon Garfield and Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service and Felixstowe Rugby club, who teamed up to do a charity boat pull at The Prom, Felixstowe  to help raise cash to send Skye and her family to Peppa Pig World. 
Picture: Stephen Waller 
www.stephenwaller.com

Family of a five-year-old terminally-ill little girl had a simple message for the public today – thank you for making her dream come true!

Binge-drinker's night out ban

A binge-drinking plasterer has been banned from going out on Fridays and Saturdays after assaulting a police officer while being drunk and disorderly.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A Felixstowe bricklayer told magistrates he was ashamed after swearing at police while drunk and telling them taking him to court would be a waste of time.

Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp at the top of the Transfagarasan highway in Transylvania.

Two Suffolk adventurers who are walking to Nepal in tribute to a young mother-of-two who died from a brain tumour are currently making their way through Romania.

Readers have shared their Pigs Gone Wild selfies and family photos as the trail reaches its final few days in Ipswich

We will miss them when they are gone but there are still seven days left to see the pigs in situ around Ipswich town centre.

Arson at farm in Wherstead

Police are hunting an arsonist after tractors and farm equipment were destroyed in a fire on the outskirts of Ipswich.

A golden retriever puppy. Stock image.

Residents across Suffolk are being urged to be vigilant against illegally imported animals after a puppy had to be put into quarantine in Stowmarket.

Former Felixstowe councillor Dot Paddick

Tributes have been paid to a former community leader, described by her colleagues as colourful and charismatic, who has died at the age of 79.

Ipswich Crown Court

A dishonest Ipswich man who was caught by police after his DNA was found at the scene of two break-ins and a theft has been jailed for 20 months.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24