This is an archived release.
Rail cargo and passengers up
The number of rail passengers exceeded 60 million and more than 30 million tonnes of goods were transported on Norwegian rails in 2012. The increase from 2011 to 2012 was 2.6 per cent for passengers and 6.9 per cent for goods.
|2011 - 2012||2007 - 2012|
|Passengers||60 930 689||2.6||7.3|
|Passenger-kms||3 185 634 883||3.6||7.7|
|Transport of goods|
|Quantity of goods] (tons)||30 250 537||6.9||20.4|
|Ton-kilometres||3 483 154 859||-2.5||-0.5|
Despite the growth in transported volume, the number of tonne kilometres decreased by 90 million, or 2.5 per cent, from 2011 to 2012. The total average length of transport was reduced from 126 to 115 kilometres.
Passenger transport increased by 1.5 million passengers and the average distance travelled was slightly up.
Large volumes crossing the border
Two thirds of all transported goods by train crossed the Swedish border in 2012. Most of this was metal ore on the Ofoten Line, but timber transport to Sweden also increased and was transported by a more direct route over the border. These journeys were fairly short and contributed to the reduction in tonne kilometres from 2011 to 2012.
Stabile patterns for passenger transport
There was a fairly even growth in passenger transport for all kinds of trains, with just slightly stronger growth for InterCity trains. Regional trains kept their relative share of the passenger market despite a reduction in the number of seat kilometres offered by more than 10 per cent. Utilisation of capacity for regional trains was 60 per cent in 2012 and for the Bergen Line was as high as 74 per cent. The reduced number of seats on regional trains seems to have been added to InterCity and local trains.