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Rail freight

Rail freight is vital to Britain’s economic success. It contributes £1.7bn to the economy and plays a big part in reducing congestion and carbon emissions

freight train at an aggregate yard
Freight train at an aggregate yard

Britain relies on the railway

Rail freight is a success story. Whether it is taking lorries off the roads and drastically reducing congestion or transporting goods that we consume every day, Britain relies on rail freight to provide a faster, greener, safer and more efficient way of transporting goods than roads.

The rail freight industry secured over £1.7bn of economic benefits for Britain. Benefits that are being felt right across the country.

It is an indispensable part of the British economy, and an essential component in supporting economic recovery and long-term sustainable growth.

Strategic Freight Network

We are enhancing the network to carry more freight traffic and make rail freight more competitive with other modes by increasing its efficiency. These schemes are branded as the Strategic Freight Network (SFN).

Map of strategic freight network enhancement schemes (PDF)

Enhanced (W10) loading gauge map of the network (PDF)

Key facts

  • Rail freight carries more than £30bn of goods around Britain each year
  • Each freight train takes about 76 HGVs off the roads.
  • This translates to 1.66 billion fewer HGV kilometres a year

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