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Cost of running the rail network

The costs of running the passenger rail network by DfT franchised train operating companies.

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Cost of running the railway

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DfT Business Plan input indicator

Geographical coverage: DfT franchised train operators (Great Britain)

Information broken down by: DfT franchised train operator

Latest data

The total cost of operating the rail network for train operators franchised by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2013 to 2014 was £10.3 billion, which is £0.2 billion higher than last year. This consisted of £7.4 billion of train operator operating costs, and £2.9 billion of Network Grant paid to Network Rail. Note that the cost of running the whole rail network will have been higher than this as it would include the costs of train operators not franchised by DfT.

The costs of running the passenger rail network by DfT franchised train operating companies are shown below.

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Cost by Train Operating Company

  Total Operating Costs (£m)   Allocated Network Grant (£m)   Total (£m)  
Train Operating Company 2012 to 2013 2013 to 2014 2012 to 2013 2013 to 2014 2012 to 2013 2013 to 2014
c2c 112 132.8 44.6 40.6 156.6 173.4
Chiltern Railways 156.7 164.9 78.6 63.6 235.3 228.5
CrossCountry 429.2 460.2 309.1 282.9 738.3 743.1
East Coast 485.8 502.1 206.2 186.9 692 689
East Midlands Trains 348.2 359.8 195.2 178.6 543.3 538.4
First Capital Connect 368.2 389.4 119.3 109 487.4 498.4
First Great Western 704.1 759.7 333.8 304.1 1,037.9 1,063.8
First TransPennine Express 228.6 251 123 112.2 351.6 363.3
Greater Anglia 479.9 497.4 221.8 201.9 701.7 699.3
London Midland 349.4 381.7 145.6 133.2 495 514.8
Northern Rail 552.2 605.4 384.4 352.6 936.6 958
Southeastern 763.7 782.3 259.5 237.5 1,023.2 1,019.7
Southern 546.3 591.9 199.3 182.5 745.6 774.4
South West Trains 607.2 648.3 272 247.9 879.1 896.2
Virgin Trains 772.9 849.9 309.4 281.3 1,082.3 1,131.2
DfT franchised operators total 6,904.3 7,376.7 3,201.6 2,914.8 10,105.8 10,291.4

Source: ORR, DfT

Operating costs

These data are based on the ORR study “GB Rail Industry Financial Information”, which in turn sourced data from the operators’ management accounts.

Any figures relating to premia or associated payments to the Department for Transport or Passenger Transport Executives are excluded. Within this total are payments made by operators to Network Rail for access to the rail network which contribute towards infrastructure costs.

Operators may not treat all aspects of operating costs in the same way in their accounts, and so care should be taken when using these figures.

Network Grant

There is no recognised rule for allocating the Network Grant across franchises. The distribution of Fixed Track Access Charges has been used to allocate the Network Grant by train operator. This differs from the method used by ORR in its GB Rail Industry Financial Information reports.

GB Rail Industry Financial Information 2013 to 2014

Further information about this indicator can be found in the measurement template.

  • publishing schedule: annual
  • last updated: 19 February 2015
  • next update: 2016

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