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UK: Freight train movements as road vehicle journeys in Great Britain 2005-2017

This statistic shows how many road vehicle journeys would have been required in order to transport the same amount of freight that was carried by rail each year between 2005/06 and 2016/17. 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 2016/17 would have required 8.2 million road vehicle journeys from 223.8 thousand freight train movements in that same year. The financial year 2014/15 presented the highest number of equivalent road vehicle journeys, needing 10.5 million road vehicle journeys to transport the rail freight transported.

Number of equivalent road vehicle journeys needed to transport the rail freight transported in Great Britain from 2005/06 to 2016/17

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Release date

December 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2017

Supplementary notes

* Provisional data.
Financial year ending March 31st.
The source adds: 'The impact on road haulage and freight delivery metric figures have been revised.'

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