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Freight rail usage

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Quarterly and periodic (4-weekly) statistics on the volume of freight transported by rail and the punctuality of those services. Annual updates are made in Q4 to freight train volumes on the network in Great Britain, the market share for rail freight compared to other modes and the effect of rail freight on road haulage.

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

Data and reports that include previous statistical releases on Freight rail usage 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

Freight rail usage 2018-19 Q4
Freight rail usage 2018-19 Q4

Date published: 06 Jun 2019
Date next published: 26 Sep 2019

Key results

  • Total rail freight moved has increased in 2018-19 with the largest increases in the Construction and ‘Other’ commodities
  • The total amount of freight lifted in 2018-19 was 75.4 million tonnes, a 1% increase compared with last year.
  • Freight delay per 100 train km dropped to 11.6 minutes, which is an improvement of 4% from 2017-18.
  • Total freight train kilometres rose to 33.6 million kilometres in 2018- 19, an increase of 2% compared to 2017-18.