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So let us assume the following:
Revenue for the quarter at £1.594 millions = £6.376 billion for one year
If this burden were to be placed on 30 million taxpayers, that would mean, in addition the existing government subsidy, around £212.50 per person per year, less that £4.10 per week.
BUT, and here is the but, there would be massive savings all round because all the ticket staff and most of the auditors, etc, security staff, could be paid off.
And as more and more people used the railways, the cost per traveller mile would come right down.
Ask a commuter who is paying two grand and more a year for a season ticket if he minds paying a flat four quid a week extra in tax.
The question is not can we afford to give everyone in the country free train travel, but how can we afford not to?