Network Rail delays record revealed by MP

Network Rail was responsible for 58% of delays on First Capital Connect services, new figures show.

The train firm runs services between Bedford and Brighton, and from London to Peterborough and King's Lynn.

The figures were revealed in an answer by the Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to St Albans MP Anne Main.

Ms Main was concerned about delays hitting her constituents. Network Rail said it was working to cut delays.

The figures show that between January 2010 and March 2011, 28% of delays were as a result of First Capital Connect themselves, and 13% as a result of other operators.

'Commitment to improve'

Ms Main said: "Whilst I found these figures interesting, we all know that the main priority on First Capital Connect routes has to be to provide a good service, rather than attribute blame.

"I was pleased, therefore, that Network Rail issued a joint letter last week confirming their commitment to work together to provide the best possible service for commuters, every day.

"It has always been my priority to press for the best result for St Albans commuters."

Martin Frobisher, route director of Network Rail, and Neal Lawson, managing director of First Capital Connect, said in a joint statement they were "committed to improving performance and punctuality on the Thameslink route".

"Network Rail is investing in improving the infrastructure such as track and power supplies while FCC is working to improve the reliability of the train fleet on this route," said the statement.

"Only by working closely together can performance continue to improve on the route."

The responsibility for delays of Network Rail relates to infrastructure problems (such as broken rails), power supply problems and also problems caused by vandalism on the line.

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