Avanti West Coast Pendolinop (Photo Tony Miles)

UK: Inter-City West Coast operator Avanti West Coast has submitted a revised timetable production recovery plan to the Office of Rail & Road. The regulator had sought changes after the operator’s initial improvements had stalled with weekend timetables being finalised just a few days in advance.

ORR said the revised plan shows a pathway to ‘full and sustained’ recovery to industry norms by mid-May, after significant engineering works on the West Coast Main Line are undertaken in March and April.

‘Now that Avanti has established an improved recovery plan, the onus is on them to deliver’, said ORR’s Director of Strategy, Policy & Reform Stephanie Tobyn on February 10.

‘It is positive to see some early improvements to passenger information, in particular the publication of dates when tickets are to be released to passengers. This early momentum needs to be sustained and we will closely monitor delivery on a weekly basis.’