The market studies form the first phase of the new Long Term Planning Process. There are four market studies in total:
The market studies look at at the markets as a whole and have been developed in consultation with rail industry partners and wider stakeholders to build on the success of the route utilisation strategy programme.
The passenger market studies identify the strategic goals for the respective market over the next 30 years, forecast the levels of demand that may need to be accommodated, and formulate conditional outputs that would be needed in order to meet those strategic goals.
The freight market study includes demand forecasts over a 10, 20 and 30 year planning horizon, with preferred routeing of services and the implied requirements in terms of network capacity and capability.
The market studies will be followed by route studies, which will inform future franchises and discussions on rail industry funding.
The teams working on the market studies can be contacted at the following email addresses:
Last updated 30 October 2013