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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 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

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Latest statistical release

Freight rail usage and performance 2019-20 Q3
Freight rail usage and performance 2019-20 Q3

Date published: 05 Mar 2020
Date next published: 28 May 2020

Key results

  • The total volume of rail freight moved was 3.99 billion net tonne kilometres in 2019-20 Q3, an 8% decrease compared with 2018-19 Q3.
  • Domestic Intermodal accounted for 42% of all freight moved in 2019-20 Q3. The share for Domestic Intermodal has increased by 13 percentage points over the last five years (since 2014-15 Q3).
  • The total amount of freight lifted was 15.3 million tonnes in 2019-20 Q3, a 20% decrease compared with 2018-19 Q3. This is the lowest total for any quarter since the time series began in 1996-97.
  • In 2019-20 Q3, 91.4% of trains met the Freight Delivery Metric (trains arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time), which is the lowest for six years (since 2013-14 Q3).