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Railways: Expenditure

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the total amount spent on UK railways was raised through passenger fares for each year since 2010.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes rail industry financial data in their annual UK Rail Industry Financial Information publication. The data are available from 2010-11 and the latest published data relate to 2015-16. See here:

http://orr.gov.uk/rail/publications/reports/uk-rail-industry-financial-information

For the purpose of this response, the rail industry includes Great Britain’s franchised passenger train operators and Network Rail, as these data are available for the full time series. Data for Open Access operators, freight operators, High Speed 1, Rolling Stock Companies and Northern Ireland Railways are only available for 2015-16 and have therefore not been included.

The total passenger income and gross expenditure for the rail industry from 2010-11 is set out in the table below. This includes train operators’ total gross payments to government, which will vary significantly between operators (with some making a payment to government and some receiving a net government subsidy). The expenditure total also includes Network Rail’s amortisation of capital expenditure (i.e. Network Rail’s enhancements and renewals costs spread over the useful lifetime of the investment).

Passenger income and gross rail industry expenditure

£Millions

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

2011-2012

2010-11

Passenger income (GB)

9,160

8,862

8,409

8,127

7,841

7,588

Gross TOC and Network Rail expenditure (GB)

19,061

17,622

17,659

17,185

16,467

16,767

GB passenger income as a % of rail industry expenditure

48%

50%

48%

47%

48%

45%

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