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 the January to March quarter 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.

Periodic operational data for freight moved is supplied to us from Network Rail on a periodic (4-weekly) basis and is contained in table 1314. This table is made available on our data portal as soon as the data are loaded and validated into our systems, this is typically 10 to 12 working days after the period ends. 

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, January to March 2023
Freight rail usage and performance, January to March 2023

Date published: 01 Jun 2023
Date next published: 21 Sep 2023

Key results

  • Total freight moved was 4.07 billion net tonne kilometres in January to March 2023, a decrease of 3% compared with January to March 2022.
  • Total freight lifted was 18.0 million tonnes in January to March 2023.
  • Freight train kilometres were 8.27 million kilometres in January to March 2023.
  • The proportion of freight trains arriving within 15 minutes, as measured by the Freight Delivery Metric, was 89.2%.