The UK Rail Market 2013


From 2012-13 the number of passenger journeys on Britain’s rail network rose again to more than 1.5 billion. Freight volumes also increased, with tonnage up by 11%. Providing the capacity to handle continuing predicted growth in use of the network is generating significant business opportunities for companies active in this key sector.
 
The UK Rail Market 2013 provides a concise overview of the structure of the rail sector in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, detailing its main participants and its future programmes to form an invaluable concise guide to the complexities of this busy market.
 
The report covers the role of government in leading development of the system and how it is regulated. It summarises details of Network Rail’s spending plans for the five years from 2014 to 2015, known as Control Period 5. These include major electrification programmes, key projects like Thameslink and the Northern Hub and the development of new routes. Also covered is the planned HS2 high-speed rail system.
 
An up-to-date overview of passenger rail franchises includes franchise-holding companies, contract periods and the latest traffic figures, as well as coverage of non-franchised passenger operators and principal freight train operating companies.
 
London’s Crossrail scheme is featured in a section on Transport for London, as well as coverage of the London Underground, London Overground and Docklands Light Railway systems. The report also includes the latest status of UK light rail and light metro systems.
 
Current rolling stock procurement programmes are detailed, and the report is completed by a sector-by-sector guide to principal suppliers to the UK rail market. The report also includes numerous links to organisation websites and to key documents, enabling users to research specialist topics more deeply. Its contents reflect the status as at October 2013.