Freight rail usage and performance

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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 quality and methodology 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 and performance 2020-21 Q4
Freight rail usage and performance 2020-21 Q4

Date published: 27 May 2021
Date next published: 23 Sep 2021

Key results

  • Freight moved in 2020-21 fell by 8.6% compared with 2019-20, driven by a 17.2% reduction in volumes during the first six months of 2020-21. The second half of the year (October 2020 to March 2021) saw an increase of 0.5% compared with the same period in 2019-20.
  • The proportion of freight trains arriving within 15 minutes, as measured by the Freight Delivery Metric, reached 95.2% in 2020-21; the highest level of punctuality achieved since the time series began in 2012-13.
  • The number of freight train movements across Great Britain in 2020-21 fell by 9.6% compared with the previous year. Similarly, freight train kilometres decreased by 9.9% compared with 2019-20.