'Huge disparity' in Govt spending on different parts of railway
There is a huge disparity in the amount of Government funding given to the railways in different parts of the UK, with train journeys in England receiving a little as £2.19 per passenger journey, according to the Office of Rail Regulation.
Some £7.7bn in revenue was generated just through rail fares last year, with higher passenger numbers credited with the 3.6% rise on the amount brought in during 2011/12, according to a report from the regulator.
According to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) report covering April 2012- March 2013:
The cost of running Britain's railways was £12.3 billion in 2012-13. This overall cost has remained consistent over the past three years.
The industry earned nearly £3 billion from discounted tickets (such as advance, off-peak, super-off peak and special offers) - amounting to more than 40% of the total passenger income.
Rolling stock charges paid by Virgin Trains, for example, were £302 million but those paid by East Coast were £53 million.
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) found a "huge disparity" between Government spending in different parts of the UK, with rail journeys in England receiving as little as £2.19 per passenger journey.
In Scotland, £7.60 was spent per passenger journey and £9.33 in Wales during the year 2012/13, the report found.
Total government funding for 2012/13 for the railways amounted to £4 billion which represented 30.9% of the industry's total income and included £700,000 from Transport Scotland and £100,000 from the Welsh Government.