Industrial action during December.
Unfortunately, the RMT union has called a number of strikes for December (the next scheduled dates are Saturday 23 December, Sunday 24 December, Wednesday 27 December and Sunday 31 December.) that will significantly affect CrossCountry train services. We will be operating a reduced service but running some longer trains. Amended timetables will be confirmed nearer to each strike day, so please keep checking this page for details before using any on-line journey planners. Click here for the latest information.
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In their new accommodation, CrossCountry's Control people will be co-located with industry colleagues from other Train Operating Companies (London Midland and Virgin Trains) as well as Network Rail. They will be better able to ensure smooth running of rail services across the country. This is a vital factor in the driving up of performance for customers and continuation of the strong positive trend achieved by the company since start of the franchise last November.
As a further improvement initiative, CrossCountry has launched an internal performance hotline through which staff can provide details of incidents affecting services. This process enables immediate recognition of any problems that may occur locally and ensures remedial action to bring future improvement.
CrossCountry Production Director Sarah Kendall said: "Since the start of the new franchise our priority has been consistent performance improvement to the benefit of our customers. We have focussed on getting the detail right. The relocation of our Control team and the establishment of our performance hotline are important steps to further driving up our performance."
Performance on CrossCountry routes since last November's start of franchise is shown in the table below:
|XC Performance||Previous Year||Previous Year|
|Four weeks to 08 December||86.3%||77.8%||+8.5%|
|Four weeks to 05 January||88.0%||86.4%||+1.6%|
|Four weeks to 02 February||89.1%||83.5%||+5.6%|
|Four weeks to 01 March||88.8%||86.4%||+2.4%|
CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
STATIONS SERVED: 133
ROUTE MILES: 1,654
WEEKDAY SERVICES: 288
PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,800
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: Penzance to Dundee (701 miles)
CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group which operates transport services in ten European countries, employs more than 37,000 people and provides more than one billion passenger journeys every year. For more information about the Arriva group visit www.arriva.co.uk
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