Grant Shapps vowed to bin repetitive rail announcements as part of his "bonfire of banalities".
Sources tell HuffPost UK that No.11 officials want savings that could torpedo PM's commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail.
Over 10 years, there has been a 167% increase.
Collapse of east coast franchise, HS2 and low ticket profits bumped up costs
Transport secretary slammed over 'monumental misjudgement'.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling is to be hauled before a Commons committee for a second time over the scrappage of rail
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has been slammed for allowing HS2 staff to “waste” more than £5 million on train fares