§ Mr. Hicks
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the cost per passenger to the taxpayer of subsidising the Plymouth-Gunnislake, Liskeard-Looe, and Par-Newquay branch lines; and what is the equivalent average figure for all branch lines in the country for which British Rail receive a grant under the provisions of the Transport Act 1968.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
In 1973, the last year for which this information is available, the subsidy per passenger mile for these lines was as follows:
The equivalent average figure for all services that were supported under the Transport Act 1968 in 1973 was 3.7p. The number of main line services which received support under this Act was so small as to have no significant effect on this figure.
Plymouth-Gunnislake … … 8.5p Liskeard-Looe … … 6.1p Bodmin Road-Ncwquay … … 5.2p