New data from ORR shows rail freight usage is on the rise

3 October 2013

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has today published a new statistical release which highlights growth in Britain's rail freight sector.

The 'Freight Rail Usage' statistical release contains information on rail freight in Great Britain covering the period from 1990 to 30 June 2013. The data for 2013-14 Q1 (1 April-30 June) shows:

  • Britain's rail network carried a greater amount of freight compared to the last year, with a 3.7% rise in freight moved to a total of 5.7bn net tonne kilometres.
  • The amount of coal moved increased by 9.5% to 2bn net tonne kilometres – the highest rise in a commodity. Metal freight saw the largest decrease of 18.6% to 0.4bn net tonne kilometres of rail freight moved.

This report is part of a series of quarterly and annual statistical releases which offer context and commentary on latest data trends.

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