Government support to the rail industry - Table 1.6
 
Payments made to/from Government on the rail network (£ million)
Great Britain
Annual data (financial year): 1985-86 to 2015-16
Other elements of government support ⁴
HS2
Crossrail
Miscellaneous
0
0
61
0
0
22
0
0
-251
0
0
-175
0
0
232
0
0
440
0
0
562
0
0
870
0
0
535
0
0
-464
0
0
-1,643
0
0
-1,044
0
0
25
0
0
53
0
0
75
0
0
84
0
0
105
0
0
183
0
0
179
0
0
154
0
0
24
0
0
76
0
0
187
0
0
356
0
184
171
0
221
359
54
518
136
210
1,206
214
317
1,124
310
362
1,097
257
463
803
197
Total government support
Total government support at 2015-16 prices*
Loans to Network Rail⁵
Freight grants⁶
988
2,273
0
7
847
1,871
0
6
613
1,284
0
2
446
877
0
2
795
1,453
0
1
1,192
2,014
0
4
1,584
2,534
0
1
2,171
3,390
0
2
1,627
2,484
0
4
1,697
2,562
0
3
431
631
0
4
1,056
1,490
0
15
1,829
2,541
0
29
1,586
2,173
0
29
1,418
1,933
0
23
1,214
1,622
0
36
1,826
2,408
0
57
2,588
3,338
0
49
3,622
4,569
0
32
3,791
4,658
0
26
4,602
5,508
0
23
6,308
7,327
0
30
5,293
6,003
0
18
4,982
5,501
0
23
4,674
5,092
0
21
4,226
4,520
0
25
4,536
4,785
0
18
5,155
5,327
0
18
5,352
5,440
0
18
4,846
4,849
6,369
18
4,771
4,771
6,614
21
Financial year
Central government grants¹
PTE grants²
Direct rail support³
1985-86
849
78
0
1986-87
755
70
0
1987-88
796
68
0
1988-89
551
70
0
1989-90
479
84
0
1990-91
637
115
0
1991-92
902
120
0
1992-93
1,194
107
0
1993-94
926
166
0
1994-95
1,815
346
0
1995-96
1,712
362
0
1996-97
1,809
291
0
1997-98
1,429
375
0
1998-99
1,196
337
0
1999-00
1,031
312
0
2000-01
847
283
0
2001-02
731
306
684
2002-03
935
304
1,166
2003-04
1,359
414
1,670
2004-05
878
389
2,370
2005-06
879
332
3,367
2006-07
1,456
313
4,463
2007-08
1,123
310
3,673
2008-09(r)
347
206
4,073
2009-10(r)
551
204
3,564
2010-11(r)
-51
205
3,492
2011-12(r)
-131
214
3,745
2012-13(r)
-420
164
3,780
2013-14(r)
-35
182
3,453
2014-15(r)
-796
123
3,802
2015-16
-817
126
3,999
Source:
Department for Transport (DfT), Transport Scotland and Welsh Government
Symbols:
(:)           Data not available
(r)          Data revised
(p)          Data are provisional

Notes:
1.       Central government grants - net payments to/from train operating companies
2.       Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) grants - payment to PTEs for national rail services
3.       Direct rail support - the net grant to Network Rail and, during the construction of the High Speed 1 route, to London and Continental Railways
4.       Other elements of government support - composed of central government expenditure on major projects, support to arms length bodies including British Transport Police and Transport Focus, a grant to British Rail to finance its residual activities, and other ad hoc rail projects.
5.       Includes loans issued by DfT to Network Rail (as of 1 September 2014), net of the drawdown fee and interest paid to DfT
6.       Freight grants - grants paid by government to encourage the movement of freight by rail
More details on methodology can be found in the quality report relating to this dataset:
 
This dataset is used in the rail safety statistical release. To view or download the statistical release:
Revisions:
(r)          Central government grants data have been revised for 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2014-15 due to some performance related payments having been excluded in error.
(r)          Other elements of government support have been revised from 2012-13 onwards due to the inclusion of HS2 as a standalone item and revisions to miscellaneous support.
(r)          Freight grants data have been revised from 2008-09 onwards due to more data becoming available.
 
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Other datasets:
1.       DfT publishes data on rail subsidy per passenger mile. The figures includes the allocation of the Network Grant (payments made directly to Network Rail), apportioned out according to each franchisee’s share of fixed track access charges. To view or download the latest figures from 2014-15:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rail-subsidy-per-passenger-mile
2.       ORR publishes further train operator financial information in the GB Rail Financials report. To view or download the latest report:  http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/gb-rail-industry-financial-information