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

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 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 required 8.9 million road vehicle journeys, compared with 273.9 thousand freight train movements.
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Number of equivalent road vehicle journeys needed to transport the rail freight transported in Great Britain from 2005/2006 to 2015/2016
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