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Motorways carry much more freight than the WCML

Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-watch, Northampton NN2
25 January 2013
 

Norman Bradbury recites my finding that freight moved per track-km by rail is one-third of that moved per lane-km on the motorway and trunk road network (Letters LTT 11 Jan). He goes on to point out that the West Coast Mail Line (WCML) carries over 40% of the nation’s rail freight and claims that the route carries 85 freight trains per day each way.

Those who have a serious interest in the numbers may welcome the following. Chris Stokes, an expert on rail, wrote, in Appendix 7 of the...

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