The United Kingdom boasts the world's oldest railway system and has one of the 20 largest rail networks in the world. This network is responsible for carrying roughly 115 million tonnes of freight each year. Operators in the Freight Rail Transport industry move goods on main-line rail networks and dedicated short-line railways. After privatisation in the 1990s, freight rail transport remains dominated by five major providers due to the high barriers to entry and the economies of scale that exist for current operators.
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.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.