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NR’s new cost methodology may put spotlight on rural lines

RAIL

Andrew Forster
06 January 2017
Rural lines: higher costs
Rural lines: higher costs

 

The cost of Britain’s rural railways could come under scrutiny because of a new method for allocating fixed costs across the network.

Network Rail’s disaggregated method for allocating fixed costs will give funding bodies a clearer picture of how much different sections of the network cost to operate. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) plans to use the data to inform changes to access charges paid by operators. 

Currently the way fixed costs (such as operating costs, maintenance...

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