Rail Delivery Group

Train at station

Notwithstanding the horrendous problems for local travellers during the current strikes, you may be interested in the latest financial dataset on the rail industry – Rail’s transformation in numbers – which provides an overview of the number of passenger journeys on the railway, the amount of freight carried, revenue and the breakdown of ticket types, average train operator profit margins, customer satisfaction, and analysis of many other key aspects of the industry.

The report also includes comparisons with European networks on key aspects such as rail safety and customer satisfaction.

Some of the key findings include: The GB network is the safest in Europe, Sustained rise in passenger journeys and freight carried – (passenger numbers have doubled since 1997-98), Financial contribution to government from the industry covers operational costs and contributes to investment, Taxpayers are sharing a lower proportion of the cost; passengers are sharing a greater proportion – (the result of successive government policy), Average train operator profit margin is 2.9%