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Freight

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage changes there were in the movement of freight within the United Kingdom by (a) road, (b) rail, (c) water and (d) pipeline in each year since 2001. (178145)

The available information on domestic freight by mode for Great Britain is published in Transport Statistics in Great Britain Table 4.1. The web link for this table is:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/freight/tsgbchapter4datatables.xls.

Table: Domestic freight transport by mode

Billion tonne kilometres/percentage

Goods moved

Road

Rail1

Water

Pipeline

Billion tonne kilometres

Percentage inc.

Billion tonne kilometres

Percentage inc.

Billion tonne kilometres

Percentage inc.

Billion tonne kilometres

Percentage inc.

2001

158.5

19.4

58.8

11.5

2002

159.4

0.6

18.7

-3.6

67.0

13.9

10.9

-5.2

2003

161.7

1.4

18.9

1.1

61.0

-9

10.5

-3.7

2004

162.5

0.5

20.4

7.7

59.4

-2.6

10.7

1.9

2005

163.4

0.6

21.7

6.6

60.9

2.5

10.8

0.9

2006

166.9

2.2

22.1

1.9

51.8

-14.9

10.8

0

1 Rail figures are for financial years.

Sources:

Road and Water, DFT; Rail, ORR; Pipeline, BERR.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual movement of freight by road, in billion tonne kilometres, was in each year since 1997. (178133)

Annual figures for the level of road freight activity by GB-registered goods vehicles in Great Britain (measured in billion tonne kilometres), excluding foreign vehicle activity, are shown in the following table.

Goods moved (billion tonne kilometres)

1997

157

1998

160

1999

158

2000

159

2001

159

2002

159

2003

162

2004

163

2005

163

2006

167

Source:

Table 4.1, Transport Statistics Great Britain 2007.