Better stations

  • 2013 saw the completion of a £550million, six-year renovation and rebuilding programme for King's Cross station. This tripled the size of the station concourse, extended the range of retail outlets, and opened up a new public square in front of the building, making King's Cross a 'destination station' in its own right.

Funding and profits

  • At £4billion a year, government funding for the railway was the same in 2012-13 as in 1994-95 in real terms, the last full year of a publicly run railway.
  • Government funding per journey is £2.35, 29% lower than in the first full year of privatisation, and the same or lower than in nine of the last 12 years leading up to privatisation.

How we compare to Europe

  • According to independent blogger ‘the Man in Seat61’, “the next time someone says (or you read) ‘Britain has the highest rail fares in Europe’, you'll know this is only 15% of the story.  The other 85% is that we have similar or even cheaper fares, too.  The big picture is that Britain has the most commercially aggressive fares in Europe, with the highest fares designed to get maximum revenue from business travel, and some of the lowest fares designed to get more revenue by filling more seats.  This is exactly what airlines have known, and been doing, for decades.”

Keeping Britain on the move

  • More than £360 million has been spent on new and refurbished trains in recent years to give you more carriages, better interiors, enhanced accessibility and improved air conditioning.
  • Over the last four and a half years, thousands of projects have been completed making incremental improvements to the railway to benefit passengers. Over 2,000 miles of track has been renewed.

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