Monday 3 September 2018 / 5:35 AM Andy McDonald / Press Releases / Rail

Labour reveals Tory Rail Mayhem: Corbyn pledges to deliver Crossrail for the North as millions of passengers face overcrowding, delays and cancellations

Labour reveals Tory Rail Mayhem: Corbyn pledges to deliver Crossrail for the North as millions of passengers face overcrowding, delays and cancellations

On Monday 3rd September Jeremy Corbyn will travel the proposed route of Crossrail for the North, talking to passengers about their experiences on Britain’s creaking rail services and Labour’s plans for public ownership of rail and boosting infrastructure investment in the North. Labour has committed at least £10 billion to Crossrail for the North.

Labour will be holding its National Rail Campaign Day on Monday, with thousands of members from over 300 local parties talking to commuters at train stations across the country.

Ahead of the Campaign Day, Labour is releasing new analysis of rail services revealing that:

  • The proportion of passenger trains across the country that were cancelled or significantly late has risen by 50% since 2010
  • The proportion of passenger trains across the country arriving on time has fallen from 91.5% in 2010 to 87.8%
  • Under the Tories, overcrowding has increased by over 25% on the top 10 most overcrowded peak time routes, which are now on average 187% in excess of capacity.
  • The proportion of passengers that felt the punctuality and reliability of their train services was satisfactory or good has fallen from 82% in 2010 to 72% in 2018.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP said:

“The rail chaos unleashed by the Tories on the North of England shows their utter disregard for people living in the towns and cities in the North.

“For decades northern communities have received only a fraction of the transport investment that is spent in London and the South East. Labour will put this right by building Crossrail for the North, connecting the great cities of the north of England to unlock huge untapped potential.

“People’s lives are being badly affected by this chaos and the government needs to recognise that rail privatisation has failed. Labour will end this rip-off and bring our railways into public ownership so they are run in the interests of passengers, not private profit.”

Commenting on the new analysis released by Labour, Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“The overcrowding, delays and cancellations on our railways is fast becoming a national disgrace thanks to the Tories. With fares up set to go up by 36% since 2010, it’s clear that passengers are paying more for less under the Tories.”

“Nobody should have to suffer being crammed into dangerously full carriages as part of their daily commute, but under the Tories passengers face this prospect, paying through the nose for the dubious privilege of being crammed into ever-fuller trains.

“The government’s blind obsession with privatisation is putting the future of the railway at risk. Labour will do what’s best for passengers and taxpayers by taking the railway back into public ownership in order to improve services and cap fares.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • Northern Rail’s new timetable is due to be introduced the day after Corbyn’s visit, on Tuesday 4th Following the introduction of a new timetable in May, Northern slashed nearly 170 services a day in an interim timetable launched on 4th June.
  • HS3, Crossrail for the North, will help deliver 850,000 new jobs by 2050 and unlock £97 billion of economic potential in the North. Corbyn will track the proposed route, travelling from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester then on to Leeds and finally Hull.
  • An analysis by the thinktank IPPR North found that chronic underfunding has seen the North of England miss out on £63 billion in transport investment over the last decade, with London getting £419 more per head every year.
  • The Tory government has failed to invest in essential electrification of Hull to Selby and other lines, and delayed electrification of the critical Manchester-Leeds Transpennine route.

New analysis

  1. Lateness
  • The number of passenger trains across the country arriving on time has fallen from 91.5% when Labour left office (up from 89.5% when we took over) to just 87.8%.

 

Financial year Percentage of passenger trains arriving on time
1997-98 89.8%
2009-10 91.5%
2010-11 90.8%
2011-12 91.6%
2012-13 90.9%
2013-14 90.0%
2014-15 89.7%
2015-16 89.1%
2016-17 87.7%
2017-18 87.8%

 

  1. Cancelled
  • The number of passenger trains across the country that were cancelled or significantly late has risen from 2.6% when Labour left office to nearly 4%.

 

Financial year Percentage of passenger trains Cancelled or significantly late
2009-10 2.6%
2010-11 2.8%
2011-12 2.4%
2012-13 2.6%
2013-14 2.9%
2014-15 2.8%
2015-16 3.1%
2016-17 3.8%
2017-18 3.9%

 

  1. Overcrowding

 

  1. The table below lists the most overcrowded route each year since 2011 and the amount in excess of capacity. The most overcrowded route last year was the 04.22 from Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport which was 211 per cent in excess of capacity.

 

year Train Operating Company Departure time Origin station Destination station Arrival time Standard class passenger capacity Standard class passenger load Passengers in excess of capacity Standard class load factor
2011 First Great Western 07.44 Henley-on-Thames London Paddington 08.29 225 404 179 180%
2012 Heathrow Connect 08.27 Heathrow T1,2,3 London Paddington 08.54 476 786 310 165%
2013 London Midland 16:46 London Euston Crewe 19:24 206 435 229 211%
2014 Trans Pennine Express 04.22 Glasgow Central Manchester Airport 08.47 191 355 164 186%
2015 Govia Thameslink Railway 08:20 Brighton Bedford 09:25 420 960 540 229%
2016 Southern 07:16 East Grinstead London Bridge 08:20 640 1366 726 213%
2017 TransPennine Express 04.22 Glasgow Central Manchester Airport 08.44 191 403 212 211%

Department for Transport, Top 10 overcrowded train services, 24 July 2017, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/top-10-overcrowded-train-services-england-and-wales-2017?utm_source=e571d64d-0830-4245-b33e-771f5a4d9df0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

  1. The table below lists the most overcrowded peak train services by the number of passengers above capacity. Once again, the 07:16 service from East Grinstead is the most in excess of capacity – more so than any route since the Department for transport began recording these statistics in 2011.

 

year Train Operating Company Departure time Origin station Destination station Arrival time Standard class passenger capacity Standard class passenger load Passengers in excess of capacity Standard class load factor
2011 South West Trains 07.32 Woking London Waterloo 08.19 738 1209 471 164%
2012 Southern 07.32 Tattenham Corner London Bridge 08.28 860 1324 464 154%
2013 South West Trains 07:32 Woking London Waterloo 08:19 738 1,278 540 173%
2014 South West Trains 07.32 Woking London Waterloo 08.19 738 1180 442 160%
2015 Govia Thameslink Railway 08:20 Brighton Bedford 09:25 420 960 540 229%
2016 Southern 07:16 East Grinstead London Bridge 08:20 640 1366 726 213%
2017 Southern 07:16 East Grinstead London Bridge

 

08:20

 

640

 

1220

 

580

 

191%

 

Department for Transport, Top 10 overcrowded train services, 24 July 2017, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/top-10-overcrowded-train-services-england-and-wales-2017?utm_source=e571d64d-0830-4245-b33e-771f5a4d9df0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

  1. c) The table below shows the average per cent that the standard class were in excess of capacity on the 10 most overcrowded peak train services in major cities in England and Wales for each year from 2011 – 2017. Last year was the second highest on record on average.
Rank of the most overcrowded service that year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1 180 184 211 186 229 213 211
2 164 173 173 185 215 211 202
3 162 166 173 176 196 194 199
4 160 159 169 171 176 193 191
5 158 158 166 164 171 187 187
6 157 156 164 164 166 184 178
7 155 154 157 161 166 184 176
8 154 152 156 161 166 180 176
9 152 150 155 160 163 180 175
10 152 149 153 158 161 177 172
average 159.4 160.1 167.7 168.6 180.9 190.3 187

 

Department for Transport, Top 10 overcrowded train services, 24 July 2017, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/top-10-overcrowded-train-services-england-and-wales-2017?utm_source=e571d64d-0830-4245-b33e-771f5a4d9df0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

  1. D) If the current rate of growth continues, by the end of the current parliament, in 2022, the average for the ten most overcrowded routes in that year is set to be over 100 percent in excess of capacity.

 

year average of the top ten most overcrowded service that year average increase year each from 2011-2016
2011 159.4
2012 160.1
2013 167.7
2014 168.6
2015 180.9
2016 190.3
 2017 187.7 4.04
2018 191.7
2019 195.8
2020 199.8
2021 203.9
2022 207.9

 

Methodology: Figures for 2011-2017 are taken from Department for Transport, Top 10 overcrowded train services autumn each year, 24 July 2018. Calculations have then calculated the average growth per year, which is 4.04 per cent. Assuming this rate of growth in overcrowding for the next five years gives us a figure of 208 per cent.

  1. Public perception on the railways

Since 2010 satisfaction of the running of the railways has fallen.

  • In 2010 82% of passengers felt the punctuality and reliability of their train service was satisfactory or good. This fell to 72% in 2018.
  • Perception of value for money on the privatised railway service has also fallen from an already low 48% to 45% from 2010-2018.
  • Satisfaction with the ticket buying facilities has plummeted from 78% to 72% over the past 8 years.
  1. The Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review has suggested that 850,000 additional jobs can be created in the north of England by 2050, with significant improvements in transport connectivity, amongst other investments, alongside a £97bn lift to GDP. John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North, has stated that: “Central to powering the North’s future economy will be an efficient high capacity transport network capable of fully mobilising the workforce between the Norths key economic heartlands”. See Transport for the North (2106), “Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review”

https://www.ft.com/content/5009473a-3971-11e7-821a-6027b8a20f23

  1. Labour will freeze fares for passengers affected by disruption through a windfall tax on rail company profits. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/11/rail-timetable-chaos-govia-transpennine

The North has missed out on £63 billion in transport investment over the last decade due to chronic underfunding. Londoners enjoyed an annual average of £708 of transport spending per person, while just £289 was spent for each person in the north of England. Last year alone, the north of England would have received £9bn more for transport projects if it was funded to the same level as London. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/01/transport-spending-gap-london-north-of-england-ippr