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IELTS 8 Test 4 Task 1

The line graph gives information on the total amount of goods in millions of tonnes delivered via four different shipping methods in the United Kingdom from 1974 to 2002.

From the graph, it is apparent that the quantities of goods rose steadily over the period for all transport methods apart from rail, which remained relatively constant despite some negative fluctuation.

At the start of the period in 1974, road carried the highest volume of goods at 70m tonnes, followed by rail and water (approximately 40m tonnes each). In that year, pipeline carried a relatively insignificant amount at about 4m tonnes per year.

In the following 28 years, gradual increases were seen for the three transport modes road, water and pipeline such that by 2002, they had reached 98m, 63m and 22m tonnes respectively. Meanwhile, rail saw a slight decrease in general to 34m tonnes in the mid-90s, after which it rebounded to just above its original level by 2002.

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