The UK Rail Market 2016

This new, fully updated and revised UK Rail Market report provides a concise overview of the structure of the sector in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its content reflects the rapid pace of development of Britain’s main line and urban rail networks, detailing its main participants and its future programmes to form an invaluable concise, up-to-date guide to the complexities of a network often described as ‘the fastest growing in Europe’. The report outlines the role of government in leading development and regulation of the system. It summarises the latest status of Network Rail’s 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 lines. The number of passenger journeys by franchised/concessioned operators reached a new record of 1,653.7 million in 2014-15, an increase of 4.2%. The report includes an overview of the current status of passenger rail franchises, summarising contract periods and providing traffic figures for 2014-15. Coverage is also included of non-franchised passenger operators. 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, 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 that includes the latest traffic figures and details of development plans. 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 principal 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 report’s contents generally reflect the status as at November 2015.