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Freight Rail Transport in the UK: Market Research Report

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Freight Rail Transport Market Research Report | SIC H49.200 | May 2016

Bulk orders: The industry is in a good position to take a larger share of the growing market

IBISWorld’s Freight Rail Transport market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd market share
Direct Rail Services Direct Rail Services market share
Freightliner Group Freightliner Group market share
GB Railfreight Ltd GB Railfreight Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The United Kingdom boasts the world's oldest railway system and has one of the 20 largest rail networks in the world. Industry operators move goods on main-line rail networks and dedicated short-line railways. After privatisation in the 1990s, freight rail transport remains dominated by a small number of major providers due to the high barriers to entry and the economies of scale that exist for current operators. In 2016-17, the four largest players in the industry are expected to generate 88.7% of industry revenue.

The performance of the industry is influenced by the total amount of freight carried on railways, the level of business confidence and competition from road freight... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Freight Rail Transport industry conveys containerised consumer goods and bulk commodities such as construction materials, coal, metals and oil. The performance of the industry is mainly driven by the amount of freight carried on the British rail network, business confidence levels, competition from other types of freight and demand from key markets such as construction and electricity production. The amount of freight carried is also influenced by the level of international trade. This is determined by the strength of the UK economy and the economies of its major trade partners. In 2016-17, the industry is expected to generate revenue of £921.9 million, a 1.9% decrease on the previous year. IBISWorld expects revenue to contract at a compound annual rate of 0.8% o.. purchase to read more


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What is the Freight Rail Transport Industry?

Operators in this industry transport goods via rail using both main-line and short-line rail networks. The industry does not include the related warehousing, storage, cargo handling or freight terminal activities. Neither does it encompass the operation of railway infrastructure or switching and shunting activities.

Industry Products
Transporting coalTransporting metalsTransporting construction materialsInternational freight transportDomestic intermodal transportTransporting other goodsTransporting oil and petroleum
Industry Activities
Transporting freight via main-line railways.Transporting freight via short-line freight railways

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