Indicators of transport in the 1sthalf of 2006

31.08.2006


28.2 mln tons of freight were carried by rail in the 1st half of 2006, a decrease of 5% compared to the 1st half of 2005, according to the Central Statistical Bureau. Freight transportation by rail is carried out by three enterprises; of these one enterprise carries national and international freight while two enterprises carry only national freight.

In January-June 2006 national freight haulage by rail accounted for 3.8 mln tons of freight, an increase of 9.2% on the corresponding period of 2005. International freight transportation by rail totalled 24.4 mln tons, down by 6.9% on the 1st half of 2005. 76.4% of the total international freight haulage was accounted for by transportation through ports. 18 mln tons of freight were transported by rail to ports, a decrease of 10.5% compared to the 1st half of 2005. By contrast, freight carried by rail from the ports has increased by 50.6% in comparison with the 1st half of the previous year and represented 0.6 mln tons of freight.

24.2 mln tons of freight were carried by road in the six months of 2006, an increase of 1.4 mln tons or 6.3% compared to January-June 2005. The bulk (87.4%) of the total volume of freight was carried by the national transport. 21.1 mln tons of freight were carried in this period by the national transport, an increase of 2.6% on the 1st half of 2005. 3.1 mln tons of freight were carried by international road transport in the six months of 2006 and this is 41.6% more compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. Of the freight carried by international road transport the highest increase was in the volume of export freight carried. The volume of export freight carried by road in the six months of 2006 was 1.5 mln tons, an increase of 1.6 times compared to the 1st half of 2005. The volume of imported freight haulage in the 1sthalf of 2006 was 0.9 mln tons, up by 18.6% on January-June of the previous year. 0.7 mln tons were carried in foreign countries by the lorries registered in Latvia, an increase of 33.9%.

Freight transport by road for own account and for hire or reward
by type of traffic in the 1st half of 2006

42.6% of the freight was carried by road for own account. In the 1st half of 2006 10.3 mln tons of freight were carried for own account, an increase of 3.5% compared to January-June 2005. Of the total own account freight haulage, 98.8% were carried by the national transport. In January-June 2006, 13.9 mln tons of freight were carried for hire or reward, up by 8.4% on the corresponding period of the previous year. The bulk of this freight (79%) was also carried by the national transport.

Freight transport by mode of transport
(mln tons)

Although oil was transported only to the Mažeikiai Oil Refinery, the volume of oil transported via oil pipeline increased slightly in the 1st half of 2006. 7 mln tons of oil were transported by the oil pipeline in January-June 2006, up by 4.1% on the 1st half of 2005. The volume of oil products transported by oil products pipeline has also increased. 3.4 mln tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline in the six months of 2006, an increase of 17.6% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The number of passengers carried by rail in January-June 2006 has increased. In the first half of 2006 12.9 mln passengers were carried by rail, 7.1% up on the six months of 2005. This increase in the number of passengers carried by rail was on account of the increase in the number of passengers carried by the national rail transport. 12.7 mln passengers were carried by the national rail transport in the six months of 2006, an increase of 7.2% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. 0.2 mln passengers were carried by the international rail transport, up by 1.1% compared to the 1st half of 2005.

Compared with the 1st half of the previous year, passenger transport by road in the 1st half of 2006 has increased. In January-June 2006 regular bus traffic lines carried 106 mln passengers, up by 5.2% compared to the 1st half of 2005. The majority of these passengers (99.7%) were carried by the national bus traffic. Compared to the 1st half of 2005, the number of passengers carried by the national bus transport has increased by 5.1% and was 105.7 mln. Of the total number of passengers carried by the national bus transport, the majority (77.4%) was carried by urban bus routes. In the 1st half of 2006 81.9 mln passengers were carried by urban bus, up by 6.2% on the six months of 2005. 14.1 mln passengers used the subrurban bus routes in the 1st half of 2006. Compared to January-June 2005, the number of passengers carried by suburban bus has increased by 3.3%. Compared to the 1st half of the previous year, the number of passengers carried by interurban bus in the 1st half of 2006 slightly decreased (by 0.7%). 9.7 mln passengers were carried by these bus routes in the six months of 2006.

In the 1st half of 2006 95 mln passengers were carried by urban electrified transport, an increase of 4.3% on the 1st half of 2005. In January-June 2006 47.2 mln passengers were transported by tram, an increase of 4.3% on January-June 2005 and 47.8 mln passengers were carried by trolley bus representing an increase of 4.2%.

Passenger traffic by mode of transport
(mln passengers)

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
tel. 7366810
Edīte Miezīte