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Supplementary memorandum from the Department for Transport (RFF 05)

  At the Transport Select Committee hearing on 25 February 2009, I undertook to supply a breakdown of the differences between the December 2007 and December 2008 timetables for services between Kettering and London. This is attached at Appendix 1 to this letter.

  You might also be interested in more detailed comparative figures for the improvement in service between 1997-98 and 2008-09, as follows:
1997-98 2008-09
WeekdaysKettering-London 2443
London-Kettering25 39
SaturdaysKettering-London 2234
London-Kettering22 35
SundaysKettering-London 1730
London-Kettering17 28


  On the current stopping pattern for east Midlands trains, I should explain that a key requirement for the new franchise was to speed up the longer distance services, particularly to and from Sheffield, while continuing to provide a good and frequent service for intermediate stations, including Kettering. The East Midlands Trains bid achieved the ITT specification by introducing 5 trains per hour by a complete revision of the timetable. This resulted, in the following services service pattern (per hour): 1 x Sheffield (fast); 1 x Derby (semi fast), 2 x Nottingham (fast and slow), and 1 x Kettering (slow) that will become the Corby service. This was judged to make best use of the route, with improved long distance capacity and journey times; a standard pattern timetable for longer distance journeys, and addressing the demand around Kettering by introducing a London-Kettering service that provides improved seat availability for passengers.

  The new timetable recognises that there is still demand for some faster additional services to the standard half-hourly pattern to Kettering, thus stops have been retained in the 1745 (Derby), 1815 (Leeds) and 1925 Derby (which allows Anytime off-peak fares to be used), from London St. Pancras.

  The bid also combined faster journey times with a standard hour departure pattern. Although the overall quantum of services specified for the latest (December 2008) timetable at stations such as Kettering may be slightly less than before, the regularity of the service means that the disbenefit of fewer services is reduced. The result is a twice hourly service leaving at the same times each hour, which is easy for passengers to remember.

  Having implemented this timetable, we expect East Midlands Trains to constantly review its effectiveness at meeting passenger demand and produce proposals for timetable changes where it believes it is justifiable to do so to respond to changing market conditions—without additional cost to government.

  I am of course always happy to discuss this with you further.

March 2009

APPENDIX 1

KETTERING-LONDON ANALYSIS OF DECEMBER 2007 VS DECEMBER 2008 SERVICES

WEEKDAYS

Kettering—London
2007 2008
DepartArrive DepartArrive
First train05210641 05010621
Off-peak frequency      2 tph       2 tph
Typical journey time      1 hr 5 mins       1 hour 3 mins
Last train22232332 22242336
Trains per day      42       43


London-Kettering
2007 2008
DepartArrive DepartArrive
First train06100707 06100708
Off-peak frequency      2 tph       2 tph
Typical journey time      57 mins       57 mins
Last train23150029 00150142
Trains per day      45       39

SATURDAYS

Kettering-London
2007 2008
DepartArrive DepartArrive
First train05540705 05010621
Off-peak frequency      2 tph       2 tph
Typical journey time      1 hr 5 mins       1 hour 3 mins
Last train21282243 22132335
Trains per day      40       34


London-Kettering
2007 2008
DepartArrive DepartArrive
First train06200723 06100708
Off-peak frequency      2 tph       2 tph
Typical journey time      57 mins       57 mins
Last train22102329 22252357
Trains per day      40       35

SUNDAYS

Kettering-London
2007 2008
DepartArrive DepartArrive
First train07490916 07490916
Off-peak frequency      2 tph       2 tph
Typical journey time      1 hr 15 mins       1 hour 13 mins
Last train22052322 22072326
Trains per day      28       30


London-Kettering
2007 2008
DepartArrive DepartArrive
First train09001013 09001012
Off-peak frequency      2 tph     2 tph
Typical journey time      1 hr 15 mins       1 hr 6 mins
Last train23000012 23000013
Trains per day      28       28






 
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