Latest quarterly rail freight figures demonstrates rail's key role in construction and housing markets, say campaigners.
The latest quarterly ORR rail freight statistics 1, issued today, show record expansion in construction traffic (up 5 per cent) demonstrating the industry's key role in building our infrastructure and housing.
Consumer traffic has decreased marginally (1 per cent) but is effectively holding its own while international traffic (3 per cent) is recovering, after external pressures. Overall, the industry continues to adjust to the deep decline in coal traffic.
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport said:
"Rail freight has a key role in servicing industry in a safer, 2 cleaner 3 way which reduces road congestion and improves productivity. Each freight train can carry enough materials to build thirty houses. Furthermore, in London almost half of building materials are delivered by rail with large amounts of industrial waste then being removed by rail."
Notes to Editors
Latest Rail freight Statistics issued by ORR for the third quarter 2017/2018
Department for Transport (DfT) statistics show that HGVs are almost seven times more likely than cars to be involved in fatal collisions on local road. Source: Traffic statistics table TRA0104, Accident statistics Table RAS 30017, both DfT Issued September 2016
Rail produces 90 per cent less PM10 particulates, 76 per cent less carbon dioxide and up to 15 times less nitrogen dioxide than HGVs for the equivalent journey.