Further to last Friday’s post on transport costs here is a more detailed breakdown on rail subsidies courtesy of the DfT.
|Subsidy per passenger mile by Train Operating Company|
|Government Subsidy per passenger mile (pence)||Network grant per passenger mile (pence)||Total subsidy per passenger mile pence)|
|East Midlands Trains||0.8||-1.7||15.4||14.2||16.2||12.5|
|First Capital Connect||-4.6||-6.8||6.2||5.9||1.6||-0.9|
|First Greater Western||-0.1||-3.0||10.0||9.2||9.9||6.2|
|First TransPennine Express (1)||9.3||8.4||14.3||12.5||23.6||20.9|
|National Express East Anglia||-4.2||-4.5||9.3||8.8||5.1||4.2|
|South West Trains||-4.2||-5.2||8.1||7.6||3.9||2.4|
|Total DfT franchised TOCs||0.7||-1.8||10.7||9.9||11.4||8.1|
The DfT is blunt about the point of subsidies:
“It is right to use subsidy to buy desirable outcomes for passengers that the market would not otherwise deliver, but subsidy should not be used to mask inefficiency.”
Notes to the table:
- Latest headline data: The total subsidy to DfT franchised TOCs in 2010-11 was 8.1 pence per passenger mile
- Publishing schedule: annually, August each year
- Information broken down by: DfT franchised Train Operating Company
- a) Subsidy paid directly to TOCs by Government Figures published by ORR in the National Rail Trends Yearbook (Table 6.2c) based on passenger kilometres, converted to miles.
- b) An allocation of the network grant (that is, payments made directly to Network Rail)
This is calculated by taking the total network grant, apportioned according to each franchise’s share of Fixed Track Access Charges.
- c) Total subsidy per passenger mile (a + b)