National train performance for period 10 is 88.7%, figures released by Network Rail show. This compares to 81.1% for the same period – 11 December to 7 January – last year. Performance for period 9 was 88.4% and the moving annual average is now at 91.6%.

The upward turn in performance ends many consecutive months of decline, but the figure is still well below where passengers, TOCs, Network Rail and the ORR want it to be.

The franchise with the highest performance figures in this period was London Overground, with 97.0%, while c2c Rail has the highest moving annual average at 96.7%.

Virgin Trains had the lowest performance with just 80.6% of trains arriving on time.

Network Rail suggested this performance was impacted by overhead line damage at Stowe Hill on December 13, extremely high winds across the route, a track circuit failure at Kings Langley on December 30 and a fatality at Leighton Buzzard on January 5.

The rail regulator, ORR, recently informed Network Rail that it was in breach of its licence for poor performance, with a failure to provide necessary plans to improve the situation.

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