Reducing Passenger Rail Delays by Better Management of Incidents

Reducing Passenger Rail Delays by Better Management of Incidents

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This NAO report examines the delays to passengers on main line rail services and what needs to be done to reduce such incidents. In the 2006-07 period, 0.8 million incidents led to 14 million minutes of delay to franchised passenger rail services, costing a minimum of Ap1 billion (which averages around Ap73 for each minute of delay) in the time lost to passengers. The NAO examines how well Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies work together along with the emergency services in resolving unexpected rail incidents. The incidents themselves could be infrastructure faults, fleet problems, fatalities and trepass. The Audit Office has set out a number of recommendations, including: that Network Rail should have in place procedures for notifying emergency services personnel of relevant telephone numbers to be used during incidents and should examine the costs and benefits of introducing a dedicated national telephone number for emergency; Train Operating Companies should implement the good practice guidelines issued by the Association of Train Operating Companies for the accurate and useful initial information to passengers and frequency of updates; they also should use other means of communicating information, such as visual displays onboard trains; Network Rail should analyse its own incident review reports centrally to draw together lessons from across the network; whlist Train Operating Companies should complete more detailed incident reports to cover best practice and lessons learned and further develop contingency plans for stations so staff can respond quickly to disruption; that organisations across the transport sector including Network Rail, the British Transport Police and the Highways Agency should pool the lessons learned from the various rail incidents and the Department of Transport should encourage sharing of best practice and experience across the sector.In such incidents Network Rail sends the relevant local maintenance team to diagnose and repair the fault. ... Source: National Audit Office analysis of Network Rail Significant Performance incident Review NOTE The calculation of the estimated value of delays to ... 1.11 For incidents where the emergency services are involved the Control Centre Manager appoints the Mobile Operations Manager as theanbsp;...

Title:Reducing Passenger Rail Delays by Better Management of Incidents
Author:Great Britain. National Audit Office
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2008


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