Open rail

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.

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Keep up to date with the latest news, conversations and rail data via Twitter by following ORR on @railrandroad. Use our hashtag #openrail for any data questions you have.

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About Open rail

Find out more about the objectives of Open rail, who benefits and how from knowing about how the rail industry is financed how it is performing.

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The Rail industry in Britain

Britain's railways are vital to the country's economy. More people and more goods than ever move by train today.

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Transparency programme

Information on ORR's transparency programme.

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