Freight rail usage and performance
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.
Data and reports that include previous statistical releases on Freight rail usage can be found on the National Archives.
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Latest statistical release
Date published: 24 Sep 2020
Date next published: 17 Dec 2020
- Freight rail usage and performance during the first quarter of 2020-21 was affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The lower number of passenger and freight train services in operation led to improvements in performance, whilst freight volumes declined.
- Total freight moved was 3.16 billion net tonne kilometres in 2020-21 Q1, the lowest quarterly total since the time series began in 1998-99.
- Freight train kilometres dropped by 26% compared to 2019-20 Q1, falling to 6.3 million kilometres.
- The proportion of freight trains arriving within 15 minutes, as measured by the Freight Delivery Metric, reached an all-time high of 97.3%.