Latest annual rail freight figures show strong performance in construction traffic.
The latest Office of Rail and Road annual rail freight figures, issued on 6th June, demonstrate the importance of rail as part of the logistics solution; overall rail freight expanded by three per cent last year, with construction traffic growing by five per cent. Furthermore, Network Rail forecasts for the next five years estimate continued annual growth of over three per cent per annum.
Construction traffic, which now accounts for a quarter of rail freight traffic, has seen consistent growth of 15 per cent over the past five years and can deliver construction materials in a safer, cleaner way whilst helping reduce congestion on our motorways. Already almost half of construction materials delivered into London are by rail, with each train carrying enough materials to build 30 houses 1.
Furthermore, metals traffic increased by seven per cent and the category, ‘catchingly known as other’, which includes general merchandise, biomass, waste and post increased by eleven per cent las year.
Two recent key reports, from the National Infrastructure Commission and the Committee on Climate Change, highlight that it is imperative that transport reduces its emissions. Rail freight, which produces 76 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than HGVs for the equivalent journey, has a key role to play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
1. Mineral Products Association, 2016 https://mineralproducts.org/