Railways in EXPENSIVE shocker!
The cost of Britain’s railways fell by 2.1%, even though inflation pushed the network's expenses up by 2.9%. Passengers were spending 8.7% more, which means that us idiots are contributing 58% of running costs through fares according to the Office of Rail Regulation.
The government chipped in £4bn (32%) and infrastructure spending fell 1.8% while Network Rail threw £1.5bn around to maintain their £28bn debts.
ORR statistics show that rail subsidies aren't evenly spread throughout the country, with the East Coast the least subsidised.
Routes in mostly rural areas such as the Northern franchise, or those subject to major upgrade work like the London Overground, required up to 69% of their costs to be met by the state.
All in all, it is shit catching trains.