Rail is a complex industry and its finances and operations are difficult to understand. Although 60% of rail finances come from fare-paying passengers, the industry still receives significant sums of public money. It provides a vital public service with significant social benefit.
Open rail aims to provide clear information about railway funding and how the industry is performing.
Railway funding in Britain
Funding for Network Rail and the train and freight operating companies comes from a combination of passenger fares, government subsidy and commercial operations.Read about railway funding in GB
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