UK Railway Sector Set To Boom
The UK railway infrastructure industry is on the brink of a massive boom, with a multitude of new projects popping up all over the country. Figures from PricewaterhouseCoopers recent forecast for UK infrastructure leading up to 2025 shows that the future is incredibly bright for rail operators across the country. Investment in the UK’s rail network (including the creation and maintenance of bridges and tunnels) will rise at 6% per year over the next decade, rising to an incredible £15.5bn by 2025. Overall transport investment sits at 5% per year, meaning that the rail industry will be investing more than the rest of transport infrastructure put together.
Every day, 4m use the UK’s railway network, and new stats have shown that the railways are carrying 50% more passengers than a decade ago. The amount of freight moved has also increased by 13%, showing that the benefits of strong railway infrastructure and investment aren’t just limited to travellers.
Network Rail has invested almost £39bn in maintain and improving Britain’s railways in recent years, with modernisation at the top of the priority list. The firm has a further £38bn to carry out extra work over the next five years, with an estimated 225m more passenger journeys delivered each year by 2019.
Adapting To Meet Demand
Of course, this rapid expansion and increasing passenger levels mean that ventures on the railways must evolve to meet the growing demand. That means more conductors, more safety staff, more employees to man the ticket offices; if the rail industry is to expand any further, the providers offering up these expanded services must grow with it.
These providers will need to be fully equipped with all of the right equipment to ensure a consistent experience for passengers across the board. Application-specific equipment like membrane keypads and graphic overlays for the conductors dispensing tickets on board the trains, and at entry gates within stations. Labels and nameplates are also important, and need to be uniform across a network – they’re crucial when it comes to creating a sense of reliability and trust between customers and employees working on the trains.
Here at Fascia Graphics, we can help businesses in this sector develop their own branded keypads, overlays and other important equipment that will support them in all of their growth endeavours. From low-cost prototypes to full production volumes, we can meet the needs of rail network providers across the country as they grow and strive for success over the next decade.
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