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Urban Passenger Rail Operations in the UK: Market Research Report

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Urban Passenger Rail Operations Market Research Report | SIC H49.311 | Sep 2016

Express line: Capacity expansion over the coming years will support continued revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Urban Passenger Rail Operations 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
Transport for London Transport for London market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Rising demand and increased revenue per journey taken have supported industry growth
  • Line extensions and the London 2012 Olympics have supported strong revenue growth
  • TfL is already planning radical cost-cutting measures in the face of projected pressure on margins
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Urban Passenger Rail Operations industry includes businesses that operate passenger rail networks through urban, suburban or metropolitan areas, including specialised town-to-station and town-to-airport transport. The industry has grown strongly over the past five years, although this largely reflects trends in the performance of the industry's largest player, Transport for London (TfL). Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 6% to almost £4 billion. The performance of the industry is determined by a number of demographic and social factors, including the growth of the urban population, the rate of employment and competition from alternative forms of transport... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry has a high level of capital intensity. In 2016-17, IBISWorld estimates that the capital-to-labour ratio in the industry will be 0.61:1, which implies that for every £1.00 invested in capital, the average operator will spend £1.63 on labour. The industry has a high level of investment requirements due to the special governance arrangements in place for Transport for London, contributing an estimated 89.3% of revenue in 2016-17. Transport for London invests in rolling stock, locomotives, rail cars, tracks and train station construction and maintenance. This investment from the industry's largest player increases the overall capital intensity. The amount of investment required varies across the industry. Ove.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Urban Passenger Rail Operations Industry

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

  • Carrying out all necessary maintenance to keep facilities in good condition
  • Effective quality control
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as National unemployment rate and Urban population in the Urban Passenger Rail Operations industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Urban Passenger Rail Operations Industry?

    This industry transports passengers by rail through urban, suburban or metropolitan areas, often underground. The industry also includes town-to-airport and town-to-station transport by rail. Tramways and interurban railways are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    Ordinary ticketsSeason tickets
    Industry Activities
    Transporting passengers by railway within citiesManaging rail infrastructure, including railway stations

    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
  • National unemployment rate
  • Urban population
  • Government capital expenditure
  • Demand from bus and tramway operations
  • Demand from taxi operation
  • Total number of registered motor vehicles
  • Current Performance
  • Back on the rails
  • The right track
  • Performance measures
  • The night tube
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Oiling the wheels
  • Just the ticket
  • Table: Urban Passenger Rail Operations Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Urban Passenger Rail Operations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Transmission
  • Railway & Underground Railway Construction
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Ordinary tickets
  • Season tickets
  • Other
  • Chart: Urban Passenger Rail Operations Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Passengers aged between 25 and 44
  • Passengers aged between 45 and 64
  • Passengers aged between 17 and 24
  • Passengers aged 65 years and over
  • Passengers aged 16 and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Urban Passenger Rail Operations Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Rent and depreciation
  • Purchases, utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Urban Passenger Rail Operations
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Urban Passenger Rail Operations Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Transport for London
  • Table: Transport for London - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Urban Passenger Rail Operations 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 Urban Passenger Rail Operations 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
    Light Rail
  • Light rail describes rail operations that use smaller vehicles with lower capacity and lower speed than conventional railways.
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • A venture funded using a mix of private sector and public-sector money to provide a public service.
  • Rolling Stock
  • The trains and carriages used on railways.

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