Network Rail

Stand number: 8071


We own, operate and develop Britain’s railway infrastructure; that’s 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We manage 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are managed by the country’s train operating companies.

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.

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).

  • 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