§ Mr. Gregory
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to how many trains arrived at exactly the scheduled time in the last 12-month period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Portillo
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. The punctuality objective for Network South East (NSE) is that 90 per cent. of trains should arrive on time or within five minutes; for the provincial sector, that 85-97 per cent. of trains should arrive on time or within five minutes depending on the service; and for InterCity that 90 per cent. of trains should arrive on time or within 10 minutes. In 1987–88, NSE exceeded the agreed punctuality objective with 92 per cent. of services arriving on time or within five minutes. 97 per 243W cent. of provincial services achieved the objective, and InterCity performance fell some way short of its target at 87 per cent.