UK Train Data

One thing I keep on wanting to get around to looking at is what publicly available data is available on the trains in the UK and the answer to a few questions?

  • What proportions of the trains in the UK are run by foreign governments?
    • At a rough guess it is in the region of 20% based on not very much
    • How would this be measured? Passenger miles?
    • Why can the French, Dutch and German governments run UK rail franchises but not the UK government? It makes no sense!
  • What subsidies are given to the different franchises?
  • Are the original tenders released publicly?
    • Do the train companies live up to these documents?

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