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Merseyrail tops Which? travel survey

Date: 17 Feb 2014

Merseyrail is delighted to announce that it's top of today's Which? annual survey for train satisfaction, achieving 70 per cent. This is the highest score secured by a rail operator over the three years that this poll has been running. Nineteen rail companies were assessed.

The Merseyside rail operator achieved 'recommended provider' status - the first time Which? has awarded this accolade to a rail company. We were commended for frequency, punctuality, reliability and speed.

Our score has steadily risen since Which?'s first survey of this type two years ago, with an increase of 6 percentage points since 2013's poll and ten since 2012's.

This accolade follows hot on the heels of Merseyrail's success last month in the National Rail Passenger Survey (autumn 2013), where we were also top of the league table, securing 93 per cent for overall passenger satisfaction. Similarly, we continue to enjoy high rates of operational performance, boasting an average annual figure of around 95 per cent.

Over 7,400 regular train passengers were polled across all of the major train operating companies, and scores were based on overall satisfaction with a company and whether passengers would be likely to recommend it.

Maarten Spaargaren, managing director at Merseyrail, commented: "This is another great set of results, which we are all very proud of. There are still lessons for us in the detail, however, and over the coming days and weeks, we will be examining these particulars.

"Closer analysis of our scores will enable us to learn from them and means that we can continue providing a service that is not only convenient and enjoyable, but exceeds customer expectations."

Councillor Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, added: "This is yet another welcome accolade. We're rightly proud of Merseyrail and it's fantastic that the service is being recognised nationally.

"This demonstrates what can be achieved when a service is managed locally and we're exploring, with other authorities across the North, whether a similar set up can bring benefits to Northern Rail and Transpennine Express in how it operates on Merseyside and beyond.

"We never rest on our laurels and will continue to work together to see how we can improve things further customers. We're continuing with the award-winning station upgrade and we've just begun the roll-out of a fresh new livery."

Notes to Editors:
. Merseyrail carries ca 110,000 passengers per weekday
. Merseyrail scores for reliability and punctuality averaged over 95 per cent during the last 12 months
. We operate one of the most intensively used networks in the UK with more than 800 trains per weekday
. Merseyrail is a 50-50 joint venture between Serco and Abellio
. Merseytravel is the combined Passenger Transport Authority and Executive for Merseyside
. Network Rail is the owner and operator of most of the rail infrastructure in the UK
. For further information, contact Alice Owen on tel 0151 955 2131.

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