The pound in your pocket & the price of your ticket
One pound in every four from rail ticket sales is reinvested in network enhancements and renewals but only 3p in every pound ends up as profits for the train companies, says Paul Maynard, DfT parliamentary under secretary.
He was responding to a written question on how passenger fare proceeds were apportioned.
The figures, taken from RDG sources, also show that labour costs account for one quarter of total proceeds, and that maintenance on trains and infrastructure make up over one fifth.
The data was originally released in March 2016 and is for the financial year 2014-15.
Average fare levels increased 1.1% from 2 January 2016, the lowest increase for six years. Regulated fares increased 1% (on the RPI level) at the same time.
The average price paid for a single journey was £5.32 in 2014-15, compared to £5.35 in real terms for the mid-1990s.