TPE fully pre-cancelled (P*-coded) 1,093 and part pre-cancelled 532 trains for this reason.
ORR has instructed the rail industry to change how they record ‘pre-cancellations’ and to introduce a more passenger-friendly and transparent way of working when making late changes to services.
A suitable plan has yet to be implemented and until the practice ceases, ORR will continue to publish this data to ensure full transparency.
Feras Alshaker, Director, Planning & Performance, said,
Of the 24 train operators in Britain, eight reported recording resource availability shortage (P*-coded) pre-cancellations and are included in the statistics published today.
Northern Trains and ScotRail reported significant numbers of full pre-cancelled services due to a shortage of available train crew, at 380 and 159 respectively.
TfW recorded 98 full and 159 part pre-cancellations due to a shortage of available trains.
As a result of the inclusion of “P*-coded” pre-cancellations, the national cancellations score increased by 0.4 percentage points in the latest period to 3.3%.
Notes to Editors
- Passenger rail performance: cancellations data - Rail period 12 (5 February 2023 to 4 March 2023) factsheet.
- “Pre-cancellation” is often referred to as “P*-coding”. This is a generic, colloquial term for cancellations made before the day where the train is removed from the timetable.
- This data only covers pre-cancellation due to availability of train operator staff or rolling stock. Other types of pre-cancellation (for example due to severe weather or major ongoing infrastructure unavailability) are not included within this data.
- There is no historic data available on resource availability shortage pre-cancellations. Data collection by ORR begin in period 11 (8 January to 4 February 2023).
- The Office of Rail and Road is the primary producer of official statistics for rail.