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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 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.

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 April to June 2022
Freight rail usage and performance April to June 2022

Date published: 22 Sep 2022
Date next published: 13 Dec 2022

Key results

  • Total freight moved was 3.95 billion net tonne kilometres in April to June 2022, a decrease of 8.8% compared with April to June 2021.
  • Total freight lifted was 18.4 million tonnes in April to June 2022.
  • Freight train kilometres were 8.10 million kilometres in April to June 2022.
  • The proportion of freight trains arriving within 15 minutes, as measured by the Freight Delivery Metric, was 89.9%.