Freight News, Rail

Back on the rails

[ June 8, 2017   //   ]

Intermodal traffic had a record year on the UK’s railways growing 6% to 6.81 billion tonne-km, according to statistics released on 8 June by the Office of Rail and Road. It reflected new services and routes as well as continued pressure for longer trains. Construction traffic grew by 7% in the year to April 2017 to a record high of 4.25 billion tonne-km.

Rail Freight Group executive director, Maggie Simpson, said: “Many commentators have predicted the death of rail freight with the end of coal but these results show that rail freight is able to adapt and grow in other markets. The investment and efforts of train operators and their customers has delivered record breaking results in construction and intermodal traffic which we hope to see continue in the year ahead.”