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Bus & Tramway Operations in the UK: Market Research Report

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Bus & Tramway Operations Market Research Report | SIC H49.319 | Sep 2016

The right track: An expanding population and rising tourist numbers should support growth

IBISWorld’s Bus & Tramway Operations market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
ComfortDelGro Corporation ComfortDelGro Corporation market share
Deutsche Bahn Deutsche Bahn market share
FirstGroup plc FirstGroup plc market share
Go-Ahead Group plc Go-Ahead Group plc market share
Stagecoach Group plc Stagecoach Group plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Funding cuts and volatile fuel prices have negatively affected the industry in recent years
  • Low oil prices have made private transport more competitive, reducing demand for the industry
  • Cuts to the Department for Transport's budget are expected to put pressure on industry profit margins
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Bus and Tramway Operations industry provides land transport of passengers on urban, suburban or metropolitan transport systems. Therefore, industry operators can be broadly split into bus and tram operators. The industry relies heavily on subsidies from local government authorities, public transport executives and the national government. Over the past five years, the government has overseen significant funding cuts that have led to lower revenue and slimmer profit margins, with many operators scrapping or scaling back uneconomical services.

The industry has endured a challenging five years, with declining revenue overall and poor operating margins. Revenue is estimated to contract at a compound annual rate of 0.4% over the five years through 2016-17, reaching £6.7... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Bus and Tramway Operations industry is estimated to be in the mature phase of its life cycle. Industry value added, defined as the industry's contribution to GDP, is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 0.4% over the 10 years through 2021-22, which is lower than the UK GDP projection of 2.3% growth over the same period. This implies the industry will contribute a lower share of the overall economy in 2021-22 than it did in 2011-12.

The products and services offered by industry operators have been stable for a number of years and, whilst firms in the industry continue to focus on improving operating efficiencies, there are no rapid changes that would indicate the industry is growing. Alt.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Bus & Tramway Operations Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Bus & Tramway Operations Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Carrying out all necessary maintenance to keep facilities in good condition
  • Ability to take advantage of government subsidies and other grants
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as National unemployment rate and Urban population in the Bus & Tramway Operations industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Bus & Tramway Operations Industry?

    This industry provides passenger transport on urban, suburban or metropolitan transport systems. Modes of transport include buses and tramways, but exclude underground and metro railway systems and coach operations. Operators transport on scheduled routes with fixed stops.

    Industry Products
    Scheduled bus servicesCharter bus servicesTramway operations
    Industry Activities
    Operating scheduled bus servicesOperating charter bus servicesOperating tramways

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • National unemployment rate
  • Urban population
  • Fuel prices
  • International tourist numbers
  • Current Performance
  • Urbanisation effects
  • Industry heavyweights
  • Low oil prices
  • Austerity pressures
  • Right on time
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • The Bus Services Bill
  • Rocky road
  • Trams on track
  • Table: Bus & Tramway Operations Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Bus & Tramway Operations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Travel Agencies
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesaling
  • Other Motor Vehicle Sales
  • Other Transport Equipment
  • Products & Services
  • Scheduled bus services
  • Charter bus services
  • Tramway operations
  • Chart: Bus & Tramway Operations Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commuters
  • Other
  • Tourists
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Bus & Tramway Operations Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Rent
  • Utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Bus & Tramway Operations
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Bus & Tramway Operations Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Stagecoach Group plc
    Deutsche Bahn AG
    Go-Ahead Group plc
    FirstGroup plc
    Metroline Ltd
  • Table: Stagecoach Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Deutsche Bahn AG - financial performance
  • Table: Go-Ahead Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: FirstGroup plc - financial performance
  • Table: Metroline Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Bus & Tramway Operations Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Bus & Tramway Operations Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Charter Bus Service
  • Privately booked and scheduled services.
  • Fuel Hedging
  • A way of using a commodity option that allows firms to purchase fuel at a particular price at some point in the future. It allows firms to reduce their exposure to changing fuel costs.
  • Heavy Rail
  • The standard inter-city rail network, which is built to be robust enough for heavy and high-speed trains.
  • Interchange Station
  • A bus station that caters for more than one bus route and allows passengers to switch from one route to another.
  • Passenger Transport Executives (Ptes)
  • Travel South Yorkshire, Merseytravel, Nexus, Centro, Metro and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
  • Tram
  • An electric vehicle that runs on tracks. The tracks usually run along streets.

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    This report on Bus & Tramway Operations:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Bus & Tramway Operations market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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