Rail market share - Table 13.12
This table shows the annual volumes of freight lifted and moved between 1998 and 2016 by different modes; rail, road and water. This data is used to calculate the market share for rail freight in terms of tonnes lifted and tonne kilometres moved.
Great Britain
Annual data (calendar year): 1998 to 2016
  
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016 (p)
Freight lifted (million tonnes)
Rail (r)
104
98
95
95
87
89
99
103
109
103
104
90
86
100
110
118
109
97
79
Road (HGV) (r)
1,630
1,567
1,593
1,581
1,627
1,643
1,744
1,746
1,776
1,822
1,668
1,356
1,489
1,457
1,427
1,316
1,322
1,445
1,434
Water (r)
149
145
137
131
139
132
127
133
126
126
123
110
106
104
96
91
95
98
102
Total
1,883
1,810
1,826
1,807
1,853
1,865
1,970
1,982
2,011
2,052
1,895
1,555
1,681
1,661
1,632
1,524
1,525
1,640
1,614
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Percentage of goods lifted by rail
5.5%
5.4%
5.2%
5.3%
4.7%
4.8%
5.0%
5.2%
5.4%
5.0%
5.5%
5.8%
5.1%
6.0%
6.7%
7.7%
7.1%
5.9%
4.9%
Freight moved (billion net tonne kms)
Rail (r)
17
18
18
19
19
19
20
21
22
21
21
19
19
21
21
22
22
19
17
Road (HGV) (r)
152
149
150
149
150
152
152
153
152
157
146
125
139
140
143
131
128
143
148
Water (r)
57
59
67
59
67
61
59
61
52
51
50
49
42
43
36
29
27
31
30
Total
226
226
236
227
236
231
232
235
226
229
216
193
199
204
200
183
177
194
196
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Percentage of goods moved by rail
7.7%
8.0%
7.7%
8.4%
7.9%
8.1%
8.7%
9.1%
9.7%
9.3%
9.7%
9.9%
9.3%
10.3%
10.8%
12.2%
12.5%
10.0%
8.7%
Source(s):
Rail data: ORR
Road and water data: DfT
Symbols:
(:)           Data not available
(r)          Data revised
(p)          Data are provisional
 
More details on methodology can be found in the quality report relating to this dataset:
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Revisions (Freight lifted):
(r)      Rail data has been revised for 1998 and 1999 due to an error in the previously published data. This is now consistent with the freight lifted statistics published by ORR.
(r) Road data has been revised from 2011 onwards due to changes in methodology. More information is available on Page 3 of DfT's Road Statistics release from 22nd March 2018: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/692148/road-freight-stats-july-2016-to-june-2017.pdf. Data between 2004 and 2010 has also been revised due to more disaggregated data becoming available.
(r) Water data has been updated from 2004 onwards as unrounded data has been made available.

Revisions (Freight moved):
(r)      Rail data for 2002 has been revised due to an error in the previously published data. This is now consistent with the freight moved statistics published by ORR.
(r) Road data has been revised from 2011 onwards due to changes in methodology. Data between 1998 and 2010 has also been revised due to more disaggregated data becoming available and updates to previously published data.
(r) Water data has been updated from 2004 onwards as unrounded data has been made available.
 
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