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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

The Freight Rail Transport market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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 Threats & Opportunities
  • Road congestion has made the industry more competitive than other forms of transport
  • The industry has made some headway in promoting itself as a relatively sustainable freight option
  • During the coming period, freight road transport will most likely remain the industry's main competitor
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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 Products Chapter

Domestic intermodal transport

Intermodal transport is the transport of containerised goods, and has a much higher value per tonne kilometre than bulk products. Demand for intermodal transport has increased steadily over the past decade. Over the five years through 2016-17, domestic intermodal transport is expected to grow solidly year on year. IBISWorld expects domestic intermodal transport to account for 33% of freight moved in 2016-17, up from 27.5% in 2011-12.

Rail freight competes directly with road freight to transport these goods. During the past five years, rail transport has become quicker and more reliable due to high levels of investment in rolling stock and facilities in the years before the downturn. Ove.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Freight Rail Transport Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Freight Rail Transport Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Having an extensive network
  • Ability to secure long-term contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Demand from freight road transport in the Freight Rail Transport industry impact industry performance... 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

    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
  • Business confidence index
  • Demand from freight road transport
  • Demand from electricity production
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of crude oil
  • Current Performance
  • Tracking changes
  • Safety net
  • Going green
  • Government grants
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • The road to success
  • Charges along the right lines
  • Signalling the future
  • Table: Freight Rail Transport Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Freight Rail Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Hard Coal Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Transportation and Storage
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Domestic intermodal transport
  • Transporting construction materials
  • Transporting other goods
  • Transporting coal
  • Transporting metals
  • Transporting oil and petroleum
  • International freight transport
  • Chart: Freight Rail Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Construction industries
  • Manufacturers
  • Mining and energy companies
  • Other
  • Oil and petroleum industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Freight Rail Transport Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rail equipment leasing
  • Maintenance
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Freight Rail Transport
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Freight Rail Transport Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    DB Cargo (UK) Ltd
    Freightliner Group Limited
    GB Railfreight Ltd
    Direct Rail Services Limited
  • Table: DB Cargo (UK) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Freightliner Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: GB Railfreight Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Direct Rail Services Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Freight Rail Transport 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 Freight Rail Transport 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
    Control Period
  • Network Rail sets plans and budgets in five-year periods called control periods, in which it establishes regulations and charges that effect industry operators.
  • Intermodal Transport
  • When shipping containers are moved on standardised trailers using different modes of transport.
  • Rolling Stock
  • The wheeled vehicles owned and used by a rail operator, including locomotives, freight cars and passenger cars.
  • Tonne Kilometres
  • The weight of freight hauled in tonnes, multiplied by the distance hauled in kilometres.

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    • 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 Freight Rail Transport 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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