In the 1st quarter volume of freights and number of passengers carried has grown by 1.6%

02.06.2014

According to the information on freight transport compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau, in the 1st quarter of 2014 the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors has grown by 1.6% as compared to the 1st quarter of 2013.

In the 1st quarter of 2014 17 mln tons of the freight was carried by rail, which is an increase of 7.6% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

Freight traffic by rail by quarters, mln t

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

National freights by rail comprised 0.2 mln tons – 9.9% less than in January-March 2013. In international traffic the volume of freight carried by rail rose by 1.2 mln tons or 7.9%. Import freight traffic grew by 12.4%, but export freight traffic decreased by 9.9%. Freight traffic in transit through Latvia reduced by 34.8%. Freight traffic by rail to/from Latvian ports comprised 83.6% of international traffic and rose by 13.9%.

In the 1st quarter 11.1 mln tons of the freight was carried by road, which is a drop of 0.6 mln tons (5%) compared to January-March of the previous year. Fall in the volume of freight was mostly determined by decrease in the transportation of products of agriculture, hunting and forestry and of gravel, crushed stone and sand of 7.3% and 9.5%, respectively, as well as by slight increase of 1.8% in transportation of wood and products of wood.

Freight traffic by road by type of transport

 

 

1st quarter of 2014

(mln t)

changes as percent over 1st quarter of 2013

Total

11.1

-5.0

national freights

8.5

-3.9

export freights

1.0

+0.7

import freights

0.6

-21.6

cross-trade freights

1.0

-8.9

The bulk (76.7%) of the total freight volumes by road was national freight, where the indicator fell by 0.3 million tons (3.9%). Also international freight traffic dropped by 0.2 million tons (8.6%).

More than one fourth (28.4%) of the total volume of freights carried by road were comprised by products of agriculture, hunting and forestry, fish and other fishing products,  but16.4% - by metal ores and other mining and quarrying products and peat.

Main groups of goods in transport by road in the 1st quarter of 2014, %

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

In the 1st quarter of this year by the oil products pipeline 1.8 mln tons of oil products were transported, a decrease of 8.6% on the corresponding period of the previous year.

The data compiled on passenger traffic by public transport in the 1st quarter show that the total number of passengers carried has grown by 1.6%, as compared to January–March of the previous year. The increase was mainly determined by growth in the number of passengers in urban electrified transport.

Passenger traffic by public transport

 

1st quarter of 2014

mln passengers

changes as percent over 1st quarter of 2013

Rail

4.4

+1.4

Regular bus traffic lines

35.8

-1.4

Trams

11.5

+9.2

Trolleybuses

12.3

+4.3

Every second passenger of those who used public transport was carried by regular bus traffic lines. In the 1st quarter 35.8 mln passengers were carried by regular bus traffic lines, which is a decrease of 1.4% compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year. The majority (99.8%) of these passengers were carried by national bus traffic. The number of passengers carried by national transport decreased by 1.4%, of which in urban routes – by 0.7%, in regional local routes – by 5.4%, but in regional interurban routes – by 0.6%. In the international traffic the number of passengers carried reduced by 8.5%.

In the 1st quarter 4.4 mln passengers were carried by rail, which is an increase of 1.4% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. 98.7% of all passengers carried by rail were carried by national transport. The number of passengers carried by national transport by rail rose by 1.7%, but in international transport (mainly between Latvia and Russia) there was a decrease of 14.3%.

In the 1st quarter 23.8 mln passengers were carried by urban electrified transport, which is an increase of 6.6% compared to January-March of the previous year. The number of passengers carried by trolleybus grew by 4.3%, but by tramway – by 9.2%.

 

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