Spotlight on Trains
Train reliability is measured in Miles per Casualty (MPC), which is the average distance between train failures that cause delays of more than five minutes.
Depending on the train type, generally each of our trains travel between 350 and 500 miles per day and our aim is to push the MPC of our fleet as high as possible.
Over the last measurement period which ran from 19 September to 16 October our 321 class fleet had an excellent final MPC result of 35,933. The 313 class scored a pleasing 14,139, and the 365s achieving 29,269, which translates to 13 days service before a fault occurs.
We had a very disappointing MPC result of 7,058 with our class 317 fleet but we are committed to improving upon this for the next period.
On the Thameslink route our 377 class fleet had an excellent final MPC result of 27,051 and the 319s achieved 13,856.
Our engineering teams at Bedford and Hornsey are committed to improving performance. A dedicated team was set up earlier this year to address door failure issues. This has shown a significant drop in mechanical related door faults.
A £1.5 million refurbishment project on the interiors of all 86 Class 319 trains has been completed. The improvements include interior re-sprays and new seat and floor coverings.
We are also working hard to prepare our fleet for the winter. All work to increase the resilience of the traction motors against snow ingress has been completed. We have also sourced a new de-icing fluid which, unlike the one used last year, is effective at temperatures down to minus 25 degrees Centigrade. This has been delivered to train depots and strategic stations on our routes to reduce the risk of doors freezing in severe weather. Staff have been trained in its use.