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Improvements in punctuality on Scottish rail tracks

By Gavin Musgrove

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The number of trains running on time across Scotland’s Railway has reached its highest level since June 2018.

The operator says customers are reaping the rewards of investment in infrastructure and £475 million on new and upgraded trains.

New figures for the most recent period of performance (8 December – 4 January) show that 86.7 per cent of trains met the rail industry standard public performance measure – up 2.5 per cent on the same period last year.

The new Class 385 trains are part of reasons for improvements on Scotland's rail network
The new Class 385 trains are part of reasons for improvements on Scotland's rail network

This means that the PPM MAA (Moving Annual Average), a key performance target for the Scottish Government, is now 88.5 per cent – the highest it has been for 19 months.

Punctuality has also improved for the third consecutive period.

The operator said this demonstrated the hard work of everyone across Scotland’s Railway to keep trains moving during a traditionally difficult time of year.

Major enhancements were made to the railway across the country recently, with £8 million being spent to renew sections of track and junctions, upgrading signalling systems including the Aviemore area and improving major stations.

Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway, said: “Everyone across Scotland’s Railway is working tirelessly to give our customers the service they expect and deserve, and it is fantastic to see such an encouraging period of performance during a challenging time of year.

“The unprecedented investment in Scotland’s Railway, including £475 million on new and upgraded trains, is really having a significant impact and we look forward to delivering an increasingly reliable service in the weeks and months ahead.”

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