Rail Freight

Rail plays a vital role in moving freight around Great Britain. 

Key Indicators

Rail freight lifted

In 2015, there were 1.6 billion tonnes of goods lifted. Although there has been an overall decline since 2006, this is an increase on the years since 2009.


Rail freight moved

In 2015, there were 152 billion tonnes of goods moved. This is a significant increase on the previous years, and takes the goods moved back to the 2006 level.


Rail freight vehicle kilometres

In 2015, there were 18.3 billion rail freight vehicle kilometres. Although the overall trend is decreasing, this is an increase on the previous year.