§ 85. Mr. Sparks
asked the Minister of Transport what percentage of time is lost from all causes in train delays, as compared with actual scheduled running time, upon the four main line railways for any average day and week at the nearest convenient date.
§ Mr. Callaghan
I am sorry that the available figures do not give the exact information my hon. Friend is asking for. But, with permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the best analysis that can be made.
Following is the analysis:
TIMEKEEPING OF EXPRESS AND LOCAL PASSENGER TRAINS. (Four weeks ended 6th September). — Express. Local. Number. Per cent. Number. Per cent. On time 6,507 29.6 370, 307 66.0 1–10 minutes late. 7,258 33.0 157,362 28.0 11–30 minutes late. 5,018 23.0 29,949 5.3 31–60 minutes late. 2,165 9.9 4,043 0.7 Over 60 minutes late. 980 4.5 — — Total 21,928 100 561,661 100
MAIN CAUSES OF DELAY TO EXPRESS TRAINS ARRIVING OVER 60 MINUTES LATE. Causes of late arrival. Number. Locomotive difficulties, or preceding trains, including delays caused by inferior coal. 269 Mishaps, failure of equipment other than locomotives. 210 Adverse weather conditions 52 Engineering speed restrictions, station and signal delays and delays awaiting connecting services. 449 Total 980