THE THIRD quarter of 2016-17 (October-December) saw domestic intermodal traffic set a new record for the highest amount of freight moved in any quarter since the time series began in 1998-99. Data from the Office of Rail and Road indicates that the category saw 1.72 billion net tonne kilometres of freight moved, up 5.2% on the same period in 2015-16.

Veteran locos pressed into service: Freightliner Intermodal Class 86/6s Nos 86638 (outshopped in June 1965) and 86639 (May 1966) at the head of a Crewe Basford Hall – Felixstowe South intermodal train, normally the preserve of a single Class 90, passing through Nuneaton on the Up Slow on 21 February 2017.
Graham Nuttall

The total volume of freight moved across all categories was 4.42 billion net tonne kilometres, 2.8% lower than the previous year.


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