Average age of rolling stock by sector - table
Great Britain quarterly data 2000-01 Q2 to 2012-13 Q4
Average age of rolling stock includes all rail vehicles leased to franchised train operating companies by rolling stock leasing companies (ROSCOs).

The average age of rolling stock is used as an indicator of comfort on the railways.
 
If the fleet remains unchanged, we expect the average age to increase by 0.25 years each quarter. Should the increase for a TOC be less than 0.25 years this would indicate that some new or younger rolling stock has been introduced or some older stock has been phased out. Any increase greater than 0.25 years would indicate that some older stock has been put into service or some younger stock has been removed.
Average age at the end of:
Long Distance
London and South East
Regional
National/All
2000-01 Quarter 2
25.74
20.51
17.61
20.67
2000-01 Quarter 3
25.99
20.70
16.91
20.64
2000-01 Quarter 4
25.97
20.36
16.42
20.34
2001-02 Quarter 1
25.26
20.43
15.89
20.13
2001-02 Quarter 2
24.74
20.35
16.07
20.07
2001-02 Quarter 3
24.89
20.40
16.11
20.14
2001-02 Quarter 4
23.51
20.48
15.56
19.86
2002-03 Quarter 1
22.33
20.50
15.69
19.67
2002-03 Quarter 2
22.25
20.36
15.28
19.49
2002-03 Quarter 3
22.29
20.01
15.48
19.36
2002-03 Quarter 4
22.13
19.89
15.73
19.33
2003-04 Quarter 1
21.51
20.08
15.95
19.35
2003-04 Quarter 2
19.14
19.09
16.06
18.40
2003-04 Quarter 3
19.18
18.97
16.21
18.36
2003-04 Quarter 4
19.03
17.55
15.30
17.05
2004-05 Quarter 1
17.77
16.17
15.50
15.98
2004-05 Quarter 2
17.35
15.82
15.57
15.70
2004-05 Quarter 3
17.00
14.85
15.58
15.03
2004-05 Quarter 4
16.92
14.29
15.67
14.68
2005-06 Quarter 1
15.42
12.57
15.94
13.56
2005-06 Quarter 2
15.39
11.81
16.19
12.98
2005-06 Quarter 3
15.35
11.72
16.36
12.99
2005-06 Quarter 4
15.45
11.97
16.56
13.20
2006-07 Quarter 1
15.71
12.21
16.01
13.29
2006-07 Quarter 2
15.81
12.42
15.94
13.47
2006-07 Quarter 3
15.90
12.60
15.88
13.57

2006-07 Quarter 4
16.15
12.73
15.88
13.70
2007-08 Quarter 1
16.40
12.98
16.12
14.38
2007-08 Quarter 2
16.65
13.23
16.37
14.63
2007-08 Quarter 3
16.76
13.45
16.76
14.88
2007-08 Quarter 4
17.02
13.70
17.01
15.13
2008-09 Quarter 1
17.76
14.00
17.29
15.47
2008-09 Quarter 2
17.96
14.17
17.55
15.66
2008-09 Quarter 3
18.24
14.42
17.80
15.92
2008-09 Quarter 4
18.50
14.65
18.05
16.15
2009-10 Quarter 1
18.81
14.77
18.30
16.31
2009-10 Quarter 2
19.06
14.83
18.54
16.43
2009-10 Quarter 3
19.31
14.80
18.78
16.50
2009-10 Quarter 4
19.56
14.65
19.03
16.51
2010-11 Quarter 1
19.81
14.68
19.28
16.62
2010-11 Quarter 2
20.06
14.85
19.53
16.82
2010-11 Quarter 3
20.31
15.12
19.71
17.07
2010-11 Quarter 4
20.56
15.41
19.96
17.34
2011-12 Quarter 1
20.72
15.40
19.46
17.26
2011-12 Quarter 2
20.97
15.52
19.43
17.38
2011-12 Quarter 3
21.22
15.72
19.49
17.55
2011-12 Quarter 4
21.19
15.90
19.74
17.73
2012-13 Quarter 1
21.16
16.17
19.99
17.94
2012-13 Quarter 2
21.23
16.42
20.24
18.17
2012-13 Quarter 3
21.31
16.67
20.49
18.39
2012-13 Quarter 4
21.56
16.92
20.74
18.64
Source:
Department for Transport (DfT)
Publication schedule:
Published: 23 May 2013
Next publication date: August 2014 - TBC
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This is an official statistic. For more details please contact the statistics Head of Profession Jay Lindop at Jay.Lindop@orr.gsi.gov.uk or on 020 7282 3978.
Key results:
i) The average age of all rolling stock in 2012-13 Q4 was 18.64 years, an increase of 0.91 years on 2011-12 Q4. The average age for all rolling stock is at its highest since 2003-04 Q1 when it was 19.35 years.

ii)
Long distance trains' average age increased by 0.37 years, average age of regional trains by 1 year and the average age of London and South East trains increased by 1.02 years in 2012-13 Q4, when compared to the same time last year.

iii) Since the beginning of the time series (2000-01 Q2) the average age of rolling stock has decreased in the Long Distance and London and South East sectors, by 4.18 and 3.60 years respectively, but has risen by 3.13 years in the Regional sector. At a National level the average age of rolling stock has decreased by 2.03 years since the beginning of the time series.

Methodology:
The average age of rolling stock is calculated by adding up the individual ages of all rail vehicles in service and dividing by the number of rail vehicles in service.
 
The age of each rail vehicle is the time between the date of entering into service and the end of each quarter; e.g. a vehicle which entered service in January 2000 would be, at the end of 2001-02 Q1 (30 June 2001), 1.5 years old. The date of entry into service is deemed to be the first day of the quarter in which the rail vehicle came into service; e.g. all rail vehicles which entered service between 1 April 2001 and 30 June 2001 are given a service entry date of 1 April 2001.
Where the date of entry into service is not available (essentially for rail vehicles introduced prior to privatisation) the date used is either:
- 1 January in the year of manufacture of the relevant class of rail vehicle; or
- The midpoint of the period over which the relevant class of rail vehicle was manufactured, e.g. if a class of rail vehicle was manufactured over the time frame March 1972 to March 1976 then the midpoint would be March 1974.
 
A vehicle drops out of the calculations when its lease either expires or is terminated.
Notes, revisions and proposed changes:
 
There have been no revisions to the average age of rolling stock data since the last publication.
“Rail vehicles” excludes locomotives. The refurbishment or other improvement of a rail vehicle is not taken into account in calculating average age.

There are no proposed methodological changes to average age of rolling stock at this time.
Quality:
As part of our commitment to continuous quality improvement, we will be producing a full quality report for all NRT statistics, in line with the Government Statistical Service (GSS) standards for quality reporting. The quality measures below provide a summary of the key dimensions of statistical quality.
 
Relevance:
Users of rolling stock data are consulted for their feedback by a number of methods, including regular meetings of the Rail Statistics Management Group.
 
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Accuracy:
Average age of rolling stock data can be subject to revisions if the Department for Transport receives any further information. Due to the Department for Transport submitting updated figures, all sector data for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 Q1 have been revised with the average revisions being under 0.7%. Since then there have been 2 revisions to the average age of rolling stock data by sector.
 
Any revisions will be highlighted in the notes, revisions and proposed changes section of the relevant tables/charts and on our revisions log, available on the ORR website:
http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/xls/stats-revisions-log.xls

Timeliness/Punctuality:
The latest data in this release refer to 2012-13 Q4, 1 January to 31 March 2013.

Accessibility & clarity:
Average age of rolling stock data are provided at sector and train operating company level. Data are not disaggregated further.

Average age of rolling stock by sector dates back to 2000-01 Q2 and is not available prior to that date.

Average age of rolling stock by train operating company dates back to 2007-08 Q4 and is not available prior to that date.

Comparability & coherence:
There have been no changes in scope since the series began. Any future amendments will be highlighted in the notes, revisions and proposed changes section of the relevant tables/charts.
Other links:

- Average age of rolling stock by train operating company - table - http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/displayreport/report/html/53dcc4e1-3223-48f9-9e9c-10d51359cdd7