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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


Latest statistical release

Freight rail usage and performance 2019-20 Q1
Freight rail usage and performance 2019-20 Q1

Date published: 26 Sep 2019
Date next published: 17 Dec 2019

Key results

  • The total volume of rail freight moved was 4.27 billion net tonne kilometres in 2019-20 Q1, a 1% decrease compared with 2018-19 Q1.
  • Construction recorded its highest quarterly freight moved with 1.21 billion net tonne kilometres. The highest volume moved was domestic intermodal with 1.71 billion net tonne kilometres.
  • The total amount of freight lifted in 2019-20 Q1 was 18.5 million tonnes, a 3% decrease on the same quarter last year.
  • Freight Delivery Metric reached its highest point in the last five years with 95.3% of trains arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time in 2019-20 Q1.