Railways: Expenditure

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 15 June 2023.

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Photo of Rob Roberts Rob Roberts Independent, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the operations, maintenance and renewal spending for the (a) network in England and Wales and (b) Wales Route was in Control Periods (i) 4, (ii) 5 and (iii) 6.

Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The following table sets out total spend on operations, maintenance and renewal in Control Periods 4 and 5. Control Period 6 concludes in March 2024, therefore the Control Period 6 figures are estimates.

Figures in £million




England and Wales




o/w Wales Route




Additional notes are as follows relating to the annual figures that comprise these totals:

  • Figures are converted for consistency to 2023/2024 prices using the November 2022 OBR inflation forecast;
  • Totals include traction electricity costs but exclude British Transport Police costs;
  • Spend for 2022/2023 is per unaudited regulated accounts;
  • Figures for the current financial year (2023/2024) are as per budgetary flexibilities for this year;
  • Historic allocation rates have been applied to derive allocated spend for Wales in CP6;
  • Figures from 2009/2010 to 2021/2022 are as per audited accounts; and
  • Spend in Wales in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 have been pro-rated based on years 3 to 5 of CP4.

Note for context that NR spend on the Wales and Borders route is between 4% and 5% of the GB total so far in CP6, whilst Network Rail’s Wales and Borders route makes up circa 4% of the entire GB rail network in terms of train miles in CP6.

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