I hadn\’t realised they were this high:
But he ruled out fare cuts as he warned that the £5.2bn-a-year state subsidy for the \”relatively small\” and \”better off\” proportion of the population that use trains is unsustainable. Overall, farepayers currently spend £6.2bn a year.
Srsly? Some 50% (near enough) is subsidy?
demand that saw 1.3 billion passenger journeys last year.
Stick a fiver on every fare and we\’re done then, eh?
Sadly, of course, it doesn\’t quite work like that.
Some lines and some times are hugely subsidised. Some others are profitable without subsidy.
But I think Our Man\’s got a point. Only 12% of the population use trains, why should their travel be subsidised by the rest of us so much?