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Freight train movements as road vehicle kilometres in Great Britain 2005-2016

This statistic shows how many billions of kilometres that would have had to be travelled by road in order to transport the same amount of freight that was carried by rail each year between 2005/06 and 2015/16. This is an important indicator of the efficiency of rail freight transport as it reflects the impact on road traffic that was spared by transporting goods by train. The amount of freight transported by train during the financial year 2011/12 would have travelled a total distance of 2.1 billion kilometres if transported by road vehicles instead of by rail.

Number of equivalent road vehicle kilometres needed to transport the rail freight transported in Great Britain from 2005/2006 to 2015/2016

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Release date

November 2017


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2016

Supplementary notes

The equivalent distance that road vehicles would need to have travelled to move the amounts of freight carried on rail, which is affected more by volume than by weight.

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