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: 17 Dec 2019
Date next published: 05 Mar 2020
- The total volume of rail freight moved was 4.25 billion net tonne kilometres in 2019-20 Q2, a 3% decrease compared with 2018-19 Q2.
- Domestic Intermodal recorded its highest ever total for a quarter with 1.75 billion net tonne kilometres. Construction recorded its joint highest quarterly total with 1.21 billion net tonne kilometres.
- The amount of Coal freight moved is close to being phased out with only 0.08 billion net tonne kilometres moved in 2019-20 Q2.
- The Freight Delivery Metric remained similar to Q2 last year with 93.5% of trains arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time in 2019-20 Q2.
- Freight delay in 2019-20 Q2 was 10.3 minutes per 100 train kilometres, an 11% reduction in delays compared to 2018-19 Q2.
Previous statistical releases