The UK Rail Market 2015

The upward trend in usage of Britain’s rail network continues, with the number of passenger journeys rising again in 2013-14 to nearly 1.6 billion. Freight volumes also increased, with tonne-km up by nearly 6%. Providing the capacity to meet current demand and continuing future growth the network is drawing in major investment, generating significant business opportunities for companies in this key sector.
 
The UK Rail Market 2015 provides a concise overview of the structure of the sector in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, detailing its main participants and its future programmes to form an invaluable concise, up-to-date guide to the complexities of this busy market.
 
The report covers the role of government in leading developments of the system. It summarises details of Network Rail’s spending plans for the five years from 2014 to 2019, known as Control Period 5. These include major electrification programmes, key projects like Thameslink and the Northern Hub and other significant network enhancements. Also covered is the planned HS2 high-speed rail system.
 
An overview is provided of the latest status of passenger rail franchises, summarising contract periods and traffic figures for 2013-14. Coverage is included of non-franchised passenger operators, and principal freight train operating companies are also listed.
 
A section on Transport for London features the Crossrail scheme, as well as coverage of London Underground and its modernisation and extension projects, together with the London Overground and Docklands Light Railway systems. The report also includes a briefing on UK light rail and light metro systems.
 
The report lists current and likely future rolling stock procurement programmes, plus 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 November 2014.