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Road & Motorway Construction in the UK: Market Research Report

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Road & Motorway Construction Market Research Report | SIC F42.110 | Feb 2017

Slower traffic: Despite a number of ongoing projects, revenue growth is expected to slow

IBISWorld’s Road & Motorway Construction market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd market share
Carillion plc Carillion plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The government has prioritised spending on transport infrastructure, boosting demand
  • The government's commitment to road infrastructure should support growth in 2016-17
  • A backlog of road maintenance work could provide operators with an avenue for growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The industry has a considerable influence on the economy as the construction of roads and motorways facilitates the journeys made by commuters and hauliers, making them safer and more efficient. The industry is primarily funded by the government, which mainly distributes money through road agencies and local authorities. In recent years, the government has prioritised spending on transport infrastructure to boost economic activity, supporting industry growth. Business confidence has been high for most of the period, encouraging rising private investment, while buoyant new car sales and strengthening economic conditions have increased the need for greater capacity of UK roads. The Road and Motorway Construction industry is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.4%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Road and Motorway Construction industry has substantial capital inputs in comparison with other construction industries. However, much of the finishing work on new roads and resurfacing of existing roads requires a significant input of relatively low-skilled labour. Expensive equipment is used to prepare and lay roads and most large-scale firms  have invested significant amounts of capital in the latest technology. Much of the equipment required by this industry can be leased, or the work can be subcontracted to specialists such as earth-moving contractors and concrete contractors. The industry is considered to have a moderate level of capital intensity. Operators typically spend £6.33 on wages for every £1.00 they spend on capital.

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Additional Insights for the Road & Motorway Construction Industry

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

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government capital expenditure and Real gross fixed investment in the Road & Motorway Construction industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Road & Motorway Construction Industry?

    Industry contractors build, repair and alter motorways, roads, runways and other vehicular and pedestrian routes. The work can be carried out on the operator’s own account or on a fee or contract basis.

    Industry Products
    New motorway and street constructionAirfield runway construction, extension and maintenanceRoad repairs and maintenanceRoad expansions
    Industry Activities
    Constructing motorways, roads, and other vehicular and pedestrian routesConstructing runwaysCompleting surface work on roads, motorways, bridges and tunnelsPaving roads with asphaltPainting road markingsInstalling crash barriers, traffic signs and other roadside furniture

    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
  • Real gross fixed investment
  • Total number of registered motor vehicles
  • Housing starts
  • Current Performance
  • Maintaining growth
  • Investment and initiatives
  • Government cutbacks
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Planned projects
  • The road to success
  • Maintenance work
  • Table: Road & Motorway Construction Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Road & Motorway Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Building Project Development
  • Scheduled Passenger Air Transport
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Concrete Construction Product Manufacturing
  • Construction Equipment Rental & Leasing
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Mining, Construction & Civil Engineering Machinery Wholesaling
  • Non-Metallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Road repairs and maintenance
  • Road expansions
  • New motorway and street construction
  • Airfield runway construction, extension and maintenance
  • Chart: Road & Motorway Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Government agencies
  • Local authorities
  • Commercial clients
  • Private developers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Road & Motorway Construction Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Subcontractor costs
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, rent and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Road & Motorway Construction
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Road & Motorway Construction Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
    Carillion plc
  • Table: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Carillion plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Road & Motorway 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 Road & Motorway Construction 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
  • A mixture of dark bituminous pitch and sand or gravel used for surfacing roads.
  • Private Finance Initiative (Pfi)
  • A form of public-private partnership in which a public sector authority contracts private sector firms to construct, operate and maintain a facility over a long period.
  • Smart Motorway
  • Motorways that use Active Traffic Management techniques to increase traffic capacity, by employing variable speed limits and using the hard shoulder at busy times.
  • Trunk Road
  • A major road or highway that connects two or more cities, ports or airports and carries long-distance and freight traffic.

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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.
    The Road & Motorway Construction 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
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