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Market studies

A new approach

In developing the market studies, the rail industry sets out a new approach to developing plans for the future. This reflects the need to gain a better understanding about how plans for the railway impact on the economy and make sure that strategic change, such as the implementation of the Crossrail and Thameslink programmes and the development of High Speed 2, can be  considered in rail industry planning.

Four market studies were published in 2013, and established by the ORR in early 2014. Together, they form the evidence base developed as the first phase of the Long Term Planning Process for use within the Route Study programme:

The market studies looked at the markets as a whole and were 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 identified the strategic goals for the respective market over the next 30 years, forecasted the levels of demand that may need to be accommodated, and formulated conditional outputs that would be needed in order to meet those strategic goals.

The freight market study included demand forecasts over a 10, 20 and 30 year planning horizon, with preferred routing of services and the implied requirements in terms of network capacity and capability.

The market studies are being followed by route studies, which will inform future franchises and discussions on rail industry funding.

Contact us

The teams that worked on the market studies can be contacted via the following email addresses:

Last updated 20 March 2015