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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 2012 to 2013 was £10.1 billion, which is £0.5 billion higher than last year. This consisted of £6.9 billion of train operator operating costs, and £3.2 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 2011/12 2012/13 2011/12 2012/13 2011/12 2012/13
c2c 102.8 112.0 42.8 44.6 145.5 156.6
Chiltern Railways 142.5 156.7 77.3 78.6 219.9 235.3
CrossCountry 422.6 429.2 296.4 309.1 718.9 738.3
East Coast 471.5 485.8 201.8 206.2 673.3 692.0
East Midlands Trains 324.7 348.2 187.1 195.2 511.8 543.3
First Capital Connect 350.5 368.2 116.1 119.3 466.6 487.4
First TransPennine Express 219.5 228.6 118.5 123.0 338.0 351.6
Greater Anglia1 68.9 479.9 32.8 221.8 101.7 701.7
London Midland 333.5 349.0 139.6 145.6 473.1 494.6
National Express East Anglia1 379.1 - 180.3 - 559.4 -
Northern Rail 521.3 552.2 366.0 384.4 887.2 936.6
Southeastern 722.6 763.7 248.0 259.5 970.6 1,023.2
Southern 554.8 546.3 191.8 199.3 746.6 745.6
South West Trains 566.4 607.2 261.3 272.0 827.7 879.1
Virgin Trains 679.0 772.0 298.6 309.4 977.6 1,081.4

Source: ORR, DfT

1 The National Express East Anglia franchise ended on 5 February 2012 when Greater Anglia took over the franchise.

Background Information

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.

Greater Anglia took over from National Express East Anglia in February 2012, and only ran the franchise for eight weeks during 2011 to 2012. The operating costs for both National Express East Anglia and Greater Anglia have been pro-rated.

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.

The allocated Network Grant for both National Express East Anglia and Greater Anglia in 2011 to 2012 has been pro-rated.

GB Rail Industry Financial Information 2012 to 2013

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

  • publishing schedule: annual
  • last updated: 23 April 2013
  • next update: 2015

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