GOVERNMENT subsidies for rail fares are three times higher in Scotland than England, according to figures from the regulator.

Total funding in 2012/13 varied from £2.19 per passenger journey in England to £7.60 in Scotland, with Wales the highest on £9.33 per passenger journey.

Government funding for railways in 2012/13 amounted to £4 billion, roughly 31% of the industry's total income, according to a report from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). This included £700,000 from Transport Scotland and £100,000 from the Welsh Government.

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In line with Government policy, passengers are covering an increased proportion of the rail industry's income relative to taxpayers. Through fares paid, passengers accounted for 59.2% of rail industry costs in 2012/13, compared with 57.4% in 2011/12 and 55.6% in 2010/11.

Total income from passenger fares was £7.7 billion in the 12 months to the end of March 2013 - 3.6 % higher than the previous year. This was largely due to more passenger journeys.

Michael Roberts, director general of industry body the Rail Delivery Group, said: "The ORR's report shines a light on why Britain's railway is such a big success story.

"An industry focused on attracting more passengers and freight, combined with a commitment by successive governments to invest over the long term, is generating phenomenal growth."