9 things you may not have known about freight transport in the UK

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Toward the end of last year the Department for Transport published Transport Statistics 2014, this blog covers some of the more interesting stats relating to freight.

1. Around 68% of domestic freight is moved (measured in tonne-km) by roads, just 9% by rail

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Source: Transport Statistics GB 2014

2. Previous estimates suggest that if just 10% of this was shifted to rail, the network would be completely overwhelmed

3. 86% of manufacturers see the road network as critical to their businesses being able to operate (just 3% say rail)

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4. Around 39% of road freight moved is machinery, transport equipment and manufactured articles and 26% foodstuffs and animal fodder

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Source: Transport Statistics GB 2014

5. 36% of rail freight was solid mineral fuels (coal etc.) and 56% of water freight was petroleum products

6. The UK’s busiest ports by weight for all traffic (inbound and outbound) is Grimsby and Immingham

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Source: Transport Statistics GB 2014

7. The UK’s busiest airport for freight by weight (inbound and outbound) is Heathrow, by a significant margin - most of this goes bellyhold

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Source: CAA

8. The main non-container items for port outbound traffic by weight was oil products (23%), crude oil (21%) and other dry bulk items (coal, ores and agricultural products – 13%)

9. The main items for airport exports according to a DfT study are machinery and transport equipment (41%), miscellaneous manufactured items (22%) and manufacturers goods classified by material (e.g. jewellery and precious metals – 15%)

 

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