Aim of this survey

The Annual Railways Investment Survey is conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on behalf of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) under Ministerial Direction. It measures the expenditure of railway companies in Great Britain.

ORR aggregates the investment figures for all the companies in Great Britain and publishes them as yearly estimate in the Rail finance statistical release and from the data portal.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • expenditure broken down into track and signalling, rolling stock, stations and other rail

The questions are then broken down further into acquisitions and disposals costs.

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK railway businesses registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Pay as You Earn (PAYE)

Sample: approximately 40

Frequency: annually

Dispatch date: 29 March

Return-by date: 11 April

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected from a directory of businesses in the UK, which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The Annual Railways Investment Survey is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your business is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

How to complete this survey

The Annual Railways Investment Survey is moving to our online Secure Data Collection platform.

We will write to you once we are ready for you to complete your Annual Railways Investment Survey online. Your letter will include a unique enrolment code and explain how to register and complete the survey.

Complete this survey online

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

If you need help

If your question is not answered above, you may be able to find the answer in the About ONS business surveys section.

You can call us on +44 0300 1234 931. Please enter the three-digit survey ID 194.

From outside the UK: +44 1633 810495.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg (to speak to someone in Welsh): 0300 1234 921.