Although the core business is in the provision of rolling stock, Porterbrook recognises that rail journeys begin as soon as passengers enter the station. Therefore, in addition to rolling stock and maintenance services, Porterbrook also specialises in leasing station equipment; in particular ticket gates, ticket vending machines and passenger information display systems. Porterbrook works closely with the train operators and manufacturers to precisely meet the needs of its customers.
Ticket gates are an ideal way to protect the revenue of train operating companies. In the UK a number of these companies installed ticket gates financed by Porterbrook in high-density commuter areas. This produced immediate revenue gains. Furthermore, installing such equipment can lead to a reduction in crime and vandalism at stations.
Train operating companies need to provide accurate information to their passengers. This often requires upgrading station information systems or replacing them entirely. Porterbrook offers lease packages structured to take account of the potential life and serviceability of the latest information systems.