The UK Rail Market 2017

This latest UK Rail Market report provides a concise overview of the structure of the sector in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its content continues to reflect the rapid pace of development of Britainís main line and urban networks, detailing its main participants and future programmes to form an invaluable concise, up-to-date guide to the complexities of the countryís rail transport system. The report outlines the role of government in leading development and regulation of the main line network. Following a turbulent period in 2015-16, it summarises the latest status of Network Railís spending plans for the five years from 2014 to 2019 (Control Period 5) and defines the timetable for Control Period 6. Also covered are HS1 and the planned HS2 high-speed line, plus railways in Northern Ireland. Demands on the network continue to increase. The number of passenger journeys by franchised/concessioned operators reached a new record of 1.69 million in 2015-16, an increase of 2%. The report includes an overview of the current status of passenger rail franchises, summarising contract periods and providing the latest full year traffic figures. Coverage is also included of non-franchised passenger operators and freight train operating companies. A section on Transport for London features the Crossrail scheme, as well as coverage of London Underground and its modernisation and extension projects, the London Overground and Docklands Light Railway systems and the proposed Crossrail 2 scheme. The report also includes a briefing on UK light rail and light metro systems with the latest traffic figures and details of planned developments. Current rolling stock orders and likely future procurement programmes are listed, plus coverage of principal train leasing companies and a sector-by-sector guide to leading suppliers to the UK rail market. Numerous links are provided to organisation websites and to key documents, enabling users to research specialist topics more deeply. The reportís contents generally reflect the status as at December 2016.