MERSEYRAIL has been given the highest overall score in the latest national rail passenger survey.

The organisation was awarded 93 per cent, a figure ten percent above the national average.

With Merseyrail fares among the lowest in the country, 69 per cent of people polled said they were satisfied with value for money of ticket prices.

The bi-annual survey is conducted by independent consumer watchdog, Transport Focus.

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director of Merseyrail, said: "These encouraging results are thanks to our partnership with Merseytravel and the hard work of our staff to improve the customer experience.

"As we enter the second half of the concession, we will continue to invest in the network and make further enhancements throughout."

Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, added: "While we're really pleased by the results, we're not going to rest on our laurels.

"We'll continue to work together to improve rail services and to encourage more people to take advantage of one of the best performing networks in the country."