• Britain's rail companies working together

    Britain's rail companies working together

Britain Runs on Rail tells the story of today’s railway, its ever more crucial role in Britain and how money from customers and taxpayers is paying for the Railway Upgrade Plan, the biggest programme of investment since the Victorian era. Taxpayers are investing billions in the railway and passengers are paying an ever greater share of the day to day cost of running services.

Investment is needed to maintain and build the railway passengers want and the country needs and meet future demand because:

  • Every day, more than 4.5 million rail journeys are taken by people to work, study or visit friends and family
  • The rail network stretches across Britain, and supports over 210,000 jobs throughout the industry
  • Over the last 20 years, rail use has grown more than any other type of transport in the UK
  • Passenger journeys are expected to double again over the next 25 years
  • Consumer rail freight grew 5% and construction traffic grew 10% during 2015
  • Government investment has combined with commercial drive to create the safest and fastest growing railway in Europe.

Britain Runs on Rail takes this story to the public, raising awareness of how money from fares and taxes are being invested and why.

The TV advert

The posters

We will have over 5500 new carriages in service by 2021
We will have over 5500 new carriages in service by 2021
Britain runs on great days out
Britain runs on great days out
We're increasing the frequency of our services
We're increasing the frequency of our services
We’re upgrading our signalling for more reliable journeys
We’re upgrading our signalling for more reliable journeys
Britain runs on family time
Britain runs on family time

Who has been involved?

The Rail Delivery Group has worked with its members to develop this programme, including colleagues from passenger rail, freight operators, Network Rail and the Department for Transport. Find out more about the organisations that make up the industry:

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Train companies

The companies that operate passenger rail services.

Arriva Trains Wales
C2c
Caledonian Sleeper
Chiltern Railways
CrossCountry
East Midlands Trains
Eurostar
Gatwick Express
Grand Central
Great Northern
Great Western Railway
Greater Anglia
Heathrow Express
First Hull Trains
London Midland
London Overground
Merseyrail
Northern
ScotRail
Southeastern
Southern
South West Trains
TFL Rail
Thameslink
TransPennine Express
Virgin Trains
Virgin East Coast
 

Owning groups

The companies that fully or jointly own the train companies.

Abellio
Arriva
Firstgroup
Goahead
Keolis
Mtr
Serco
Stagecoach
Virgin
 

Freight companies

The companies that transport goods by rail.

Colas Rail
Deutsche Bahn
Direct Rail Services
Freightliner
GB Rail Freight
 

Track and infrastructure services

The companies that manage rail track and signalling systems.

Network Rail
HS2