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ORR publishes data on government financial support to the rail industry
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has today published statistics highlighting year-on-year levels of government financial support to the rail industry (1985-86 to 2012-13).Statistics show that in 2012-13 the rail industry received a £5.1bn government subsidy, this is £524 million greater than...
Train service performance remains the main cause of passengers' complaints
New statistics published today by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) show that train service performance remains the main cause of passengers’ complaints.Updated rail complaints data highlight that between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2012 (2012-13 quarter 1) nearly one third (32%) of rail...
The great train robbery? How rail firms make millions from running late
 The great train robbery? How rail firms make millions from running late Franchises claim huge sums from Network Rail for delays – so where does all the cash go?Oliver Wright  Friday 28 September...
New passenger journey statistics published by ORR
 Over 360 million passenger journeys took place on Great Britain’s railways in Q1 2012-13 (1 April- 30 June) - 14 million more than the same period last year - show new statistics published today by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).Latest passenger usage figures highlight that: The...
The case for public ownership of UK railways is compelling - Guardian Blog by Seumas Milne
 Rail is a gigantic scam for siphoning off public moneyBranson and FirstGroup have both gamed a disastrous privatisation.The case for public ownership is compellingguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 August 2012 22.20  from:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/seumasmilneSeumas...
Key statistics for the 19 franchised train operating companies published
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has today published key statistics for the 19 franchised train operating companies (TOCs), including the number of passenger journeys taken on each of the TOCs, punctuality and cancellations figures, and complaints data.Figures comparing 2011-2012 to the...
Train operators are to be made more responsive to passenger needs and provide better value for money
In a major shake-up of the rail franchising system, the Government proposes to set tough outcomes for train operators to achieve but to give them more flexibility on how best to deliver them. Franchises will be individually tailored to fit the diversity of different parts of the rail network, but...
RMT warns of axed services as train operators are given "green light to scrap unprofitable routes"
RMT warned today that new franchise plans, "smuggled out" by the Government in a barrage of ministerial announcements yesterday, will give train operators “flexibility” to axe services, cut train capacity and frequencies and stop at fewer stations in order to maximise profits. RMT is...
Train companies (ATOC) respond to Government consultation on franchising
In response to the publication of the Government’s consultation on rail franchising, Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies said:“The Government is absolutely right to point out that franchising has become too prescriptive and limits operational...
Shaping the future of rail franchising
Rail franchises would be "longer, more flexible and more responsive to the needs of passengers, and provide better value for taxpayers", under proposals set out today by Rail Minister Theresa Villiers.The proposals provide for franchises to run for 15 years as standard, so long as performance...

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