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Intercity Passenger Rail Transport in the UK: Market Research Report

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Intercity Passenger Rail Transport Market Research Report | SIC H49.100 | Mar 2017

Full of steam: A rising number of passenger rail journeys is set to boost industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Intercity Passenger 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
Abellio Transport Holdings Ltd Abellio Transport Holdings Ltd market share
Arriva plc Arriva plc market share
FirstGroup plc FirstGroup plc market share
Govia Limited Govia Limited 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
  • Falling unemployment and rising passenger journeys are expected to support expansion
  • The government limited the rise in regulated rail ticket prices in the 2013 Autumn statement
  • Changes to tender processes are likely to have a negative effect on industry profitability
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Intercity Passenger Rail Transport industry has continued to grow despite recent economic uncertainty. The industry includes large multinational rail companies that operate mainline rail services, in addition to a larger number of smaller operators that run and maintain heritage and tourist railways. The performance of the industry as a whole is affected by many different factors, including the total number of passenger rail journeys made each year, government subsidies, regulatory changes, the rate of unemployment and the relative cost of travelling by rail as opposed to by alternative modes of transport. This latter variable is largely influenced by fuel costs; when these are high, people tend to opt for public transport over car usage... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

There are two different types of train fares – regulated train fares and unregulated train fares. Generally, regulated fares include most standard and saver return fares, as well as weekly, monthly and annual season tickets. In the 2013 Autumn Statement, the government capped regulated fares at RPI inflation for two years running, and will continue to do so for the duration of this parliament (2016-2020). Unregulated fares include first class and advance purchase fares. These are not subject to government regulation and are set freely by operators at competitive prices.

Ordinary fares

Ordinary fares are estimated to account for 72% of revenue in 2016-17. Ordinary tickets include off-peak, anytime or peak, advance and other tickets. The.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Intercity Passenger Rail Transport Industry

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

  • Having an effective performance monitoring system
  • Carrying out all necessary maintenance to keep facilities in good condition
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Passenger rail journeys and National unemployment rate in the Intercity Passenger Rail Transport industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Intercity Passenger Rail Transport Industry?

    The Intercity Passenger Rail Transport industry operates railways for passenger travel between urban areas. The industry also provides some support and auxiliary services to passenger railways and transports small amounts of freight and post. The industry excludes the operation of railways primarily used to transport freight and the operation of light rail networks.

    Industry Products
    Ordinary fares - off peakOrdinary fares - anytimeOrdinary fares - advance and otherSeason ticketsOther revenue
    Industry Activities
    Operating passenger railwaysManaging train stationsProviding passenger rail support services

    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
  • Passenger rail journeys
  • National unemployment rate
  • Fuel prices
  • Population
  • Real government consumption expenditure
  • Current Performance
  • Problems with privatisation
  • Passenger numbers
  • Fair fares
  • Steady margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Franchising fracas
  • Increased competition
  • Legislative developments
  • A different track
  • Table: Intercity Passenger Rail Transport Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Intercity Passenger Rail Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Postal & Courier Activities
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Ordinary fares - off peak
  • Ordinary fares - anytime
  • Season tickets
  • Ordinary fares - advance and other
  • Other revenue
  • Chart: Intercity Passenger Rail Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Leisure travellers
  • Commuters
  • Business travellers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Intercity Passenger 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
  • Track access charges
  • Rail equipment leasing
  • Maintenance
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation, rent and utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Intercity Passenger Rail Transport
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Intercity Passenger Rail Transport Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Govia Limited
    Stagecoach Group plc
    Abellio Transport Holdings Ltd
    FirstGroup plc
    Arriva plc
  • Table: Govia Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Stagecoach Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Abellio Transport Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: FirstGroup plc - financial performance
  • Table: Arriva plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Intercity Passenger 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 Intercity Passenger 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.
  • High Level Output Specification
  • A policy paper published by the Department for Transport.
  • Network Rail
  • A not-for-dividend company created by the government to run and maintain track, signals, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and key stations.
  • Rail Franchise
  • Under a rail franchise, the Department for Transport licenses a train operating company to operate passenger services in a particular area. Franchises were created under the 1993 Railways Act.
  • Rolling Stock
  • The train cars, carriages and locomotives used to transport passengers.

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    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
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    • 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
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