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Railway & Underground Railway Construction in the UK: Market Research Report

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Railway & Underground Railway Construction Market Research Report | SIC F42.120 | May 2017

Full steam ahead: A number of large-scale projects will ensure continued revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Railway & Underground Railway Construction 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
Babcock Rail Limited Babcock Rail Limited market share
Balfour Beatty Group Limited Balfour Beatty Group Limited market share
Carillion plc Carillion plc market share
Colas Rail Limited Colas Rail Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Continued heavy investment by National Rail has supported industry revenue growth
  • The Crossrail and Thameslink projects have significantly boosted revenue in recent years
  • Some major projects have been delayed, which is expected to constrain industry revenue growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Operators in the Railway and Underground Railway Construction industry construct and maintain railway and tramway infrastructure. They are mainly employed by government bodies such as Network Rail, Transport for London and NI Railways. These organisations are funded by the government’s Department for Transport (DfT) and also generate income from private train operators and passenger fares. Rail infrastructure spending is organised in five-year cycles called control periods, which can result in uneven spending distribution. Major projects like Crossrail and Thameslink and an increased government focus on rail infrastructure has supported growth in recent years... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Operators in the Railway and Underground Railway Construction industry carry out work in a variety of areas, including both the laying of new tracks and repair work. Supporting work, such as the construction of platforms and level crossings, is included in some instances.

Track work

The UK rail network consists of 15,800 kilometres of track in Great Britain and 330 kilometres in Northern Ireland. The industry also works on track that is part of the London Underground and tramways, but these are much smaller networks. Tracks are worn down through use and can be damaged by the weather, accidents and, in some cases, vegetation, so they constantly need to be replaced. Mai.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry

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

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government capital expenditure and Demand from intercity passenger rail transport in the Railway & Underground Railway Construction industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry?

    This industry includes contractors that work on railway, underground railway and tramway infrastructure. New work, repairs, additions and maintenance on existing infrastructure are all included, but the installation of lighting and signalling equipment and the construction of bridges are excluded. Portions of the work can be subcontracted.

    Industry Products
    Track workElectrification workSupporting work
    Industry Activities
    Constructing railways and tramwaysConstructing associated structures such as platforms, fences and level crossingsPreparing construction sitesDesigning, laying and electrifying tracksMaintaining and repairing rail infrastructure

    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
  • Government capital expenditure
  • Demand from intercity passenger rail transport
  • Demand from urban passenger rail operations
  • Demand from freight rail transport
  • Current Performance
  • Revenue trends
  • Strong demand
  • Large projects
  • Profit margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Delaying growth
  • Intense investment
  • Planned projects
  • Employment concerns
  • Table: Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Intercity Passenger Rail Transport
  • Freight Rail Transport
  • Urban Passenger Rail Operations
  • Bus & Tramway Operations
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Concrete Construction Product Manufacturing
  • Construction Supplies Wholesaling
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Mining, Construction & Civil Engineering Machinery Wholesaling
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Track work
  • Supporting work
  • Electrification work
  • Other
  • Chart: Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Network Rail
  • Transport for London
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Subcontractors
  • Wages
  • Specialist services
  • Purchases
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Railway & Underground Railway Construction
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Balfour Beatty Group Limited
    Babcock Rail Limited
    Colas Rail Limited
    Carillion plc
  • Table: Balfour Beatty Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Babcock Rail Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Colas Rail Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Carillion plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Railway & Underground Railway Construction 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 Railway & Underground Railway Construction Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Gauge Enhancement
  • The process of upgrading the loading gauge of a network, thereby allowing vehicles of greater height and width to pass through clear of all structures including stations, tunnels and bridges.
  • Network Rail
  • Government-created and -backed company that owns and operates of most of the rail infrastructure in Great Britain.
  • Train Operating Companies
  • Private companies operating passenger trains on Great Britain's railway system.
  • Transport For London (Tfl)
  • The local government authority responsible for the transport system in Greater London, including the London Underground.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
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    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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