Department for Transport produces statistics relating to the freight sector within the areas of:
- road freight
- roll-on, roll-off international freight
Changes to planned statistical releases (Update 22 February 2018)
Further to the statement below announcing the postponement of Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017’, DfT have now concluded their review of the methodology.
The postponed edition of Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017’, originally planned for release on 11 January, will now be released on 22 March 2018. This release date has been brought forward from the revised provisional date of 12 April, announced below, in order to avoid any unnecessary delay in the release of the data.
This update has been reflected on the forthcoming publications section of the Statistics at DfT page.
The planned release of ‘Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017’ on 11 January 2018 has been postponed until April 2018 while we undertake a quality review regarding part of the methodology used to produce the domestic road freight statistics.
We now intend to publish the July 2016 to June 2017 release with the October 2016 to September 2017 release, provisionally scheduled for 12 April 2018.
Until this review is concluded and the release published, should you need to understand what impact this change may have on using the domestic road freight statistics, then contact the road freight statistics team.
Road freight statistics provides information on the domestic and international activity of British and Northern Irish heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). This information is collected by the department’s 3 road freight surveys, the Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport, Great Britain (CSRGT GB), the Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport, Northern Ireland (CSRGT NI), and the International Road Haulage Survey (IRHS).
Information about these 3 surveys is available in the notes and definitions document.
An index sheet of all the road freight statistical tables is available.
Roll-on, roll-off international freight
The roll-off, roll-on international freight statistics provides information on all the main ferry routes between Great Britain and mainland Europe, and the Channel Tunnel, and excludes routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. It is based on information supplied by ferry operators and Eurotunnel.
Information about maritime, rail and air freight activity can be found in the appropriate sections of the transport statistics website.
An index sheet of all the roll on, roll off international freight statistical tables is available.
See all statistics published by DfT
Road freight domestic and international statistics guidance
Links to earlier road freight data, reports and publications, including data from bespoke surveys on the activity of foreign HGVs working in the UK and the activity of light goods vehicles
Road freight statistics and roll on, roll off international freight statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as national statistics in July 2009.
In 2014, following changes to the data capture and processing systems used in the production of road freight statistics, the DfT Head of Profession for Statistics wrote to the UK Statistics Authority in September 2014 to request the suspension of national statistics status for road freight statistics. The response from the UK Statistics Authority is available.
Road freight underwent re-assessment in July 2016 and the national statistics status was reinstated in December.
The response from the UK Statistics Authority, confirming this status is available.
Both the roll-on, roll-off international freight series now possess national statistics status.
Pre-release access list
The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.
Road freight statistics pre-release access list
Roll-on roll-off international freight statistics pre-release access list