Tunnelling through: A strong project pipeline supports continued growth for the industry

The Bridge and Tunnel Construction industry plays a vital role in ensuring road and rail networks reach every area of the United Kingdom and are maintained properly. The road system is predominantly funded by the public sector through Highways England and local authorities in England, and comparable agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK rail infrastructure network is predominantly managed by state-associated agencies, notably Network Rail and Transport for London, so the contracts that industry operators work on are often bankrolled by public bodies. Apart from transport infrastructure, contractors also work on projects for water and sewerage companies, energy companies and, in some instances, commercial or industrial market clients...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Public investment in a number of high-value projects have supported industry demand
  • Several major tunnel infrastructure projects have supported the industry’s steady expansion
  • Government investment in rail and road infrastructure is expected to remain strong, supporting demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of bridge and tunnel construction activity across the United Kingdom broadly corresponds with the national distribution of economic activity and population. Highly populated regions require more extensive transport and utility networks to accommodate sustained use. There is currently a high concentration of bridge and tunnel construction activity in the South East and London regions as stakeholders in the transport and utility infrastructure markets have commissioned a plethora of high-profile and -value developments. These include the Crossrail high-capacity rail development, the Thames Tideway Scheme to construction a 25-kilometre affluent conveyance tunnel, and enabling works for the High Speed 2 (HS2) whistle-stop rail line...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government capital expenditure and Demand from railway and underground railway construction in the Bridge & Tunnel Construction industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry?

    This industry covers contractors that construct bridges, tunnels and flyovers used in road and railway transport or for other specific applications such as water distribution. Repairs, additions and maintenance on existing infrastructure are also included. Discrete operations such as site surveillance can be subcontracted out.

    Industry Products
  • Tunnel construction
  • Bridge maintenance
  • Tunnel maintenance
  • Bridge construction
  • Industry Activities
  • Road bridge and tunnel construction, repair and maintenance
  • Railway tunnel construction, repair and maintenance
  • Pedestrian bridge construction, repair and maintenance
  • Construction, repair and maintenance of flyovers
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government capital expenditure
  • Demand from railway and underground railway construction
  • Real gross fixed investment
  • Demand from road and motorway construction

  • Current Performance
  • Investment trends
  • Profit performance
  • Tunnelling activity
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • In the pipeline
  • Landmark developments
  • EIB funding
  • Table: Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Intercity Passenger Rail Transport
  • Urban Passenger Rail Operations

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Concrete Construction Product Manufacturing
  • Construction Supplies Wholesaling
  • Mining, Construction & Civil Engineering Machinery Wholesaling
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Tunnel construction
  • Bridge maintenance
  • Tunnel maintenance
  • Bridge construction
  • Chart: Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Rail transport
  • Road transport
  • Utility companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Subcontractors
  • Wages
  • Deprecation and equipment rent
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Bridge & Tunnel Construction

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Balfour Beatty Group Limited, Costain Ltd,
  • Table: Balfour Beatty Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Costain Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A bridge, road or railway that crosses over another road or railway.
  • Trunk Road
  • A major road, typically connecting two or more cities, ports or airports, favoured for carrying long-distance and freight traffic.
  • Turnkey Contract
  • A contract where the developer has complete control over the construction process and only sells the project completed.
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