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12 August 2010
MERSEYRAIL ON TOP IN TRAIN PERFORMANCE LEAGUE
performance figures have been released by Network Rail show that
again Merseyrail has beaten every other train operator in the
country for the four-week period 27 June to 24 July 2010, with 96.2%
of services on time. South West Trains came second with 95.9% and
Arriva Trains Wales was third with 95.8%.
Wayne Menzies, Network Rail’s area manager, Merseyside, said:-
“Merseyrail has consistently been up with the best for several
months and now they have rightly come out on top. This is really
good news for everyone who uses Merseyrail’s services but it does
not just happen overnight. It takes persistent hard work by both
Merseyrail and our own people to be the best in the country.”
► Network Rail has a dedicated management team sharing offices with
Merseyrail, making decision taking a far quicker process. It also
has a maintenance depot that is dedicated solely to the Merseyrail
► The two companies devise joint performance improvement plans that
focus on the parts of the network which need extra attention to
improve performance further.
► There is a programme of renewals and enhancements to improve the
reliability of the track and equipment, and ever improving
maintenance of the trains to improve their reliability.
► Daily conference calls involving Network Rail, its maintenance
team, Merseyrail and the British Transport Police review everything
that happened in the previous 24 hours to evaluate the way
particular incidents were handled.
Bart Schmeink, Merseyrail's managing director said:-
"Merseyrail now consistently has levels of punctuality and
reliability that were thought to be impossible to achieve only a few
years ago. Repeating these levels month after month is what
passengers expect from us and we are determined to do exactly that."
The figures were released in Network Rail's regular monthly report
on train performance. In all, eight of the 19 operators saw their
performance improve compared to the same period last year, with
First Scotrail seeing the biggest improvement (up to 94.8% from 92%
last year). The rest saw marginal movements in performance.
Period 4 = 27 June 2009 to 24 July 2010
Punctuality P4 2010
Punctuality P4 2009
Moving Annual Average
East Midlands Trains
Express East Anglia
PPM = PPM is a % measure of passenger trains arriving‘on time’ at their scheduled
destination. For long distance trains ‘on time’ is within 10 minutes of the
timetabled arrival time, for all others it is within 5 minutes. Heathrow Express, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Eurostar and Wrexham and
Shropshire are not included in the National PPM.
MAA = Moving annual average
Note:- The data contained within this report is for
initial indications only and is subject to change in subsequent
Assault outside CADS Bar, Crosby
Police are now appealing for witnesses following an assault outside
CADS Bar in Moore Lane, Crosby, on Wednesday, 23 June 2010.
At around 7.00pm, a 30 year old man, who was drinking in the bar,
went outside to smoke a cigarette. It is believed that as he stood
outside he was approached by a group of people, and that he was at
some point punched to the back of the head. This caused him to fall
to the floor and he sustained a fractured skull as a result.
Police were called to attend to the scene, but the victim did not
wish to make a formal complaint at the time. He was taken to
hospital by ambulance and treated for his injuries.
However, he attended Crosby police station on Wednesday, 4 August
2010,stating that he wished to formally pursue the matter.
The assault occurred following the England V Slovenia world cup
game, and police are appealing to anybody who may have been there
and witnessed the incident to call on:- 0151 777 3165, or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
WITNESS APPEAL -
SEXUAL ASSAULT - LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE
Police are appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault and
theft from a woman in Liverpool city centre on Friday, 16 July 2010.
At around 5.30pm a 39 year old woman was walking along Pall Mall to
her car when she became aware of a man following her.
For no apparent reason the man began shouting and swearing at her
before walking off in the direction of Great Howard Street.
The man then approached the woman a second time, and on this
occasion grabbed and squeezed her backside, causing bruising. The
offender then ran off in the direction of Love Lane. At this point
the woman realised that various items had been removed from her
handbag. The woman has been left very shaken by the incident.
The offender is described as being white, aged about 17 years old, 5
ft 10 ins tall of slim build. He was wearing a complete black
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, recognises this man or
who may have seen him in the area around the time is
asked to contact Police.
Merseyside Police are urging anybody who believed they may have
witnessed the incident to call Police on:- 0151 777 4030
Crimestoppers anonymously via calling:- 0800 555 111.
Local faces among
hospitals' new doctors
25 new junior
doctors started their National Health Service careers at Southport
and Ormskirk hospitals this week.
The 17 women and eight men will spend two years with the Trust
before beginning to specialise in their chosen areas of medicine.
Among the new starters are a number who were brought up in
Merseyside and West Lancashire.
They include Shehanie Wevita, 23, of Aughton, near Ormskirk, who
attended St Bede's High School, Ormskirk; Philip Asquith, 23, Orrell
Park, north Liverpool, who attended Maricourt High School, Maghull;
Katie Dutton, 24, of Churchtown, Southport, a former pupil of the
town's Greenbank High School; Annie Moorcroft, 23, of Northwood,
Kirkby, who was a pupil at the town's former Ruffwood Comprehensive
School; and Venkatesh Subramanian, 23, of Southport, who attended
Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby.
They are graduates of the University of Liverpool with the exception
of Venkatesh who graduated from the University of Nottingham. Katie
and Philip also worked at the Trust as fourth year students as part
of their medical training.
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