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Latest quarterly rail freight figures demonstrate key role in construction and housing markets

28 September 2018

The latest quarterly Office of Rail and Road (ORR) rail freight statistics, issued yesterday, show record expansion in construction traffic (up seven percent) demonstrating the industry's key role in building our infrastructure and housing.

In other sectors, the picture was more varied. Most notably, there was a 5 percent growth, in so-called other traffic, which includes biomass and postal services; consumer traffic, which now represents 39 percent of the market, increased more modestly by one percent.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“These record rail freight construction traffic figures demonstrate the demand for more rail services to service infrastructure and housing development.

“We urge the Government not to forget rail freight in the forthcoming Rail Review so that it can continue to expand and help the Government grow the economy in a safe sustainable way.”

For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk



  • Read the ORR’S Freight Rail Usage 2018-19 Q1 Statistical Release
  • Coal traffic increased by 7 per cent; Oil & petroleum reduced by 2 per cent and international traffic decreased by 1 per cent while metals remained stable.
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).