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From Monday 1 April 2019, the UK Rail industry introduced(s) a new, more detailed and precise set of measures to better understand how timely our trains are – from station to station, and from minute to minute.

The additional measures, that add to the old performance metrics, reflect that good performance needs to be delivered throughout the whole journey and that every minute matters for passengers.The official measure of punctuality used up till now, known as the public performance measure (PPM), considers trains to be punctual if they are five or 10 minutes after schedule, for short and long-distance trains are respectively, at their destination. The new measures will report cancellations and the proportion of trains arriving to the minute at every station on the timetable, known as a ‘station stop’, where technology allows (currently, we can measure this at 80% of all stops and we are working to increase this).

The figures below illustrate these new measures using data from the most recent period – quantifying how punctually trains are reaching stations, from ‘early’ through to ‘30 minutes after’ the timetable.

More detailed data, including historic punctuality figures, can be found on the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) website.

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Last Four Weeks – 22 August 2021 – 18 September 2021

Number of recorded stations stops – 5,724,393

Passenger Trains Planned – 520,617

New industry measure – train punctuality at station stops 2021/22 (period 6)

Last 12 Months 20 September 2020 – 18 September 2021

Number of recorded stations stops – 71,913,495

Passenger Trains Planned -6,541,183

New industry measure – train punctuality at station stops – MAA as at 2021/22 (period 6)

Download On Time data for period 6 (xlsx 14 KB)

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