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Rail infrastructure and assets

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Annual statistics covering average age of rolling stock used by passenger train operating companies and reference data on the mainline infrastructure in Great Britain.

For details on how these statistics are compiled, please see our Rail infrastructure and assets quality and methodology report and for information on any revisions, please see our Revisions Log.

We have also written a blog on passenger rolling stock fleet explaining what drives change in the average age and providing further details on the composition of the fleet.

Data and reports that include previous statistical releases on Rail infrastructure, assets & environmental can be found on the National Archives.

If you have any questions or feedback on these statistics, please contact rail.stats@orr.gov.uk

Latest statistical release

Rail infrastructure and assets 2021-22
Rail infrastructure and assets 2021-22

Date published: 20 Oct 2022
Date next published: TBC

Key results

  • For the first time, new data on passenger rolling stock by traction type has been included in the statistics. As of 31 March 2022, 71% of all passenger train operator rolling stock were electric. Diesel vehicles made up 18%, and 11% of the passenger fleet were either bi-mode or locomotive hauled. Seven of the 24 passenger operators had a fully electric fleet.
  • In the latest year (April 2021 to March 2022), 2.2 electrified track km were added to the network. This was due to remodelling at London King’s Cross as part of the East Coast upgrade. The proportion of electrified track was similar to previous years at 38.1%.
  • The average age of rolling stock for all passenger train operators as of 31 March 2022 was 16.9 years. Lumo started operating in October 2021, and has the lowest average age for all operators of 0.8 years.