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New timetable punctuality and reliability - Last updated 18th March 2007 - 905/2594
Written by streety7 on Saturday, 23rd December 2006
I've had a spreadsheet going for the last few months since the new timetable on December 10th, and I've come up with some graphs to show how good/bad the new timetable is so far (I think we know the answer to that one).
The PNG images below will be constantly updated, and I have also found out how to get the scales more 'relevant' to the data.
Last updated: Sunday 18th March 2007
On the whole, things HAVE got better ;D 98.6% reliability for February (only 1 cancellation)
Punctuality (trains within 5 minutes late)
Slight improvements in punctuality for the first half of March...
Trains which ran which were on time
Nearly half of the trains in March have been on time. Note that out of the last 15 trains which ran between 0744 on 9th March to 1908 on 16th March, 10 (2 thirds) of these were on time, and only one of these were more than 5 minutes late! Again, some improvement? ;D
Re: New timetable punctuality and reliability - 905/2669
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 31st December 2006
Chris, many thanks for the graphs / updates.
The cancellations, currently running at 1 train in 5, is the real shocker. With a service that only runs twice a day in each direction, timekeeping (even a 10 to 15 minute delay) isn't such a big problem unless a customer of the railways is looking to connect onwards into another service that's also infrequent.
Re: New timetable punctuality and reliability - 905/2754
Written by streety7 on Friday, 5th January 2007
I've updated the graphs again... a good start to the week but shadowed by cancellations on Thursday & Friday.
Just some pointers:
> I'm aiming to update the graphs every Friday
> Trains showing as No Report will not be counted, as I am unsure of whether they ran or not
December Raw Data:
A total of 42 trains were monitored.
33 of these ran (78.6% reliability).
6 of these were on time (18.2% on time).
24 out of 33 departed within 5 minutes late (72.7% punctuality).
Between 10th and 31st December, of trains which were monitored:
The 0644 service was cancelled 1 time
The 0717 service was cancelled 1 time
The 1908 service was cancelled 1 time
The 1950 service was cancelled 6 times
Total 9 Cancellations
Re: New timetable punctuality and reliability - Last updated 12th January 2007 - 905/3283
Written by streety7 on Saturday, 20th January 2007
Sorry for the slight delay, but I've now updated the graphs above.
Some pointers to sum up the week - normally I wouldn't post a new reply but just edit the post HOWEVER I have had to make the minimum value on the reliability graph LOWER AGAIN to an APPALLING 55% as reliability is currently standing at 58.3%.
This must be an all time low and is just not acceptable.
On a (slightly) brighter note, punctuality and the rate of on time trains of those trains which did decide to show up has gone up slightly.
How would services into London be if there was a reliability rate of just 58.3%?
Re: New timetable punctuality and reliability - Last updated 13th February 2007 - 905/3905
Written by streety7 on Tuesday, 13th February 2007
Just updated the graphs... sorry for the almost 1 month gap...
I'm pleased to announce that for February, reliabiliity is currently up at 96.3%
Re: New timetable punctuality and reliability - Last updated 18th March 2007 - 905/4377
Written by streety7 on Sunday, 18th March 2007
Sorry it has been so long since I've updated these graphs. This topic was a little dusty as I have been very busy, but I've found a few free moments and have updated them.
There ARE signs of IMPROVEMENT:
- only 1 cancellation throughout the whole of February
- Punctuality is gradually improving
- There are more on time trains than ever since the new timetable started
- Nearly 1 in 2 trains are on time so far in March, compared with under 1 in 5 back in December
Does anyone agree with me?
February Raw Data:
A total of 70 trains were monitored.
69 of these ran (98.6% reliability).
17 of these were on time (24.6% on time).
55 out of 70 departed within 5 minutes late (79.7% punctuality).
Between 1st and 28th February, of trains which were monitored:
The 0644 service was cancelled 1 time
The 0717 service was cancelled 0 times
The 1908 service was cancelled 0 times
The 1950 service was cancelled 0 times
Total 1 Cancellation
Re: New timetable punctuality and reliability - Last updated 18th March 2007 - 905/4967
Written by streety7 on Monday, 23rd April 2007
Sorry for the lack of updates for the last month... I have (as ever) been busy and am trying to fit things in. Have also had a virus which has decided to delete a lot of lets say, big things. I've cleared it now though and thankfully my internet hasn't been deleted (yet), so will update the graphs and statistics for March within the next few days - if my PC is still alive that is...
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