Construction rail freight traffic recorded its highest quarterly figure.
The latest quarterly rail freight figures from the Office of Rail and Road [Freight rail usage and performance], covering the period from April to June 2019, show that construction traffic recorded its highest quarterly figure with a five per cent increase compared to the same quarter the previous year. Almost half of London's building materials are delivered by rail with each train capable of carrying enough materials to build 30 houses [Why is Rail Freight vital for Housing and Construction?].
Consumer traffic, known as 'domestic intermodal', which is the largest rail freight sector, increased by one per cent and general merchandise and mail, known as 'other traffic', was up eight per cent.
Furthermore, freight train reliability was at its highest recorded level in this quarter for the past five years. The Freight Delivery Metric showed that 95.3% of trains arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time in the first quarter of 2019-20.