National Statistics

Road freight statistics: 2016

Road freight activity statistics within the United Kingdom and internationally for the year 2016.

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Road freight statistics: 2016 tables

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Please note: statistics in this release, back to 2011 quarter 2 (April to June) have been revised and replaced by new figures published on 22 March 2018 in Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017.

On 22 March, 2018, the department published Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017, which included a change to part of the methodology used to produce the estimates of the domestic aspect of road freight statistics, resulting in a downward revision in the estimated amount of goods moved and lifted by UK-registered HGVs back to 2011 quarter 2.

More details about the impact of this change can be found on the release Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017. As a result of this, figures from this release have been revised and are not the most up to date.

Statistics on road freight transported by Great Britain and UK registered Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in the United Kingdom and internationally from January 2016 to December 2016.

Domestic freight activity increased in the UK increased to record highs in 2016. There were increases of:

  • 15% in the amount of goods lifted to 1.89 billion tonnes
  • 12% in the amount of goods moved to 170 billion tonne kilometres

International road freight activity to or from the UK by UK-registered HGVs decreased in 2016. There were decreases of:

  • 6% in the amount of goods lifted to 7.8 million tonnes
  • 8% in the amount of goods moved to 5.1 billon tonne kilometres

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Road freight statistics

Published 13 July 2017
Last updated 22 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Note added for revised road freight statistics.
  2. First published.