Advantages and Disadvantages of Rail Transport

Businesses use rail transportation for the delivery of a wide range of goods including coal, steel and other heavy goods.

Advantages

  • Fast delivery
  • Capacity
  • Cost effective
  • Safe mode of transport
  • Reliable

Disadvantages

  • Subject to unforeseen delays
  • Reliance on rail freight operator's timetable

Suppliers/customers are not always located near a rail freight depot and delivery to/from the depot can be costly and time consuming.

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