Indicators of transport in the 1st quarter of 2006

31.05.2006

In the 1st quarter of 2006, 14 mln tons of freight were carried by rail, a decrease of 5.7% compared to the 1st quarter 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-March 2006 national freight haulage by rail accounted for 1.7 mln tons of freight, an increase of 18.2% on the corresponding period of 2005. International freight transportation in the first three months of 2006 totalled 12.3 mln tons, down by 8.3% on the 1st quarter of 2005. 77.4% of the total international freight haulage was accounted for by transportation through ports. 9.3 mln tons of freight were transported by rail to ports, a decrease of 10.2% compared to the 1st quarter of 2005. By contrast, freight carried by rail from the ports has increased by 14.5% in comparison with the 1st quarter of the previous year and represented 0.2 mln tons of freight.

Freight transport by road

increased in the 1st quarter of 2006. 11.8 mln tons of freight were carried by this mode of transport in the first three months of 2006, an increase of 1.3 mln tons or 12% compared to January-March 2005. The bulk (88.5%) of the total volume of freight was carried by the national transport. 10.5 mln tons were carried in this period by the national transport, an increase of 8.7% on the 1st quarter of 2005. International freight transport by road increased markedly in January-March 2006. 1.3 mln tons of freight were carried by international road transport in the first three months of 2006, 46% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. Of the freight carried by international road transport the highest increase was in the volume of exports carried. The volume of export freight carried by road in the first three months of 2006 was 0.7 mln tons, an increase of 1.8 times compared to the 1st quarter of 2005. The volume of imported freight haulage in the 1st quarter of 2006 was 0.3 mln tons, up by 6.5% on the 1st quarter of 2005. 0.3 mln tons were carried in foreign countries in the 1st quarter by the lorries registered in Latvia, an increase of 47.5% on the corresponding period of the previous year. Freight by road is carried both for own account and for hire or reward.

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

43.5% of freight was carried by road for own account. In the 1st quarter of 2006 5.1 mln tons of freight were carried for own account, an increase of 19.4.9% compared to January-March 2005. Of the total own account freight haulage, 99.2% were carried by the national transport. In January-March 2006, 6.7 mln tons of freight were carried for hire or reward, up by 6.9% on the corresponding period of the previous year. The bulk of this freight (80.4%) was also carried by the national transport.

Freight transport by

mode of transport (mln tons)

The volume of oil transported via oil pipeline continued to decrease as oil was transported only to the Mažeikiai Oil Refinery. 2.9 mln tons of oil were transported by the oil pipeline in the 1st quarter of 2006, down by 3% on January-March 2005. By contrast, the volume of oil products transported by oil products pipeline has increased. 1.6 mln tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline in the first three months of 2006, up by 13.7% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The number of passengers carried by rail in January-March 2006 has increased. In the first three months of 2006 5.9 mln passengers were carried by rail, 7.6% up on the 1st quarter of 2005. This increase in the number of passengers carried by rail was on account of the passengers carried by the national rail transport. 5.8 mln passengers were carried by the national rail transport in the first three months of 2006, an increase of 7.8% compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year. 0.1 mln passengers were carried by the international rail transport in the 1st quarter of 2006, down by 5.9% on January-March 2005.

Compared with the 1st quarter of the previous year, passenger transport by road in the 1st quarter of 2006 has increased. In January-March 2006 regular bus traffic lines carried 52 mln passengers, up by 3.9% compared to the 1st quarter of 2005. The majority of these passengers (99.8%) were carried by the national bus traffic. Compared with the 1st quarter of 2005, the number of passengers carried by the national bus transport has increased by 3.9%. Of the total number of passengers carried by the national bus transport, the majority (77.7%) was carried by urban bus. In the 1st quarter of 2006 40.3 mln passengers were carried by urban bus, up by 4.9% on the first three months of 2005. 6.9 mln passengers were carried by subrurban bus routes in the 1st quarter of 2006. Compared to January-March 2005, the number of passengers carried by suburban bus has increased by 1.8%. 27.6 mln passengers were carried by suburban bus in 2005. Compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year, the number of passengers carried by interurban bus in the 1st quarter of 2006 slightly decreased (by 1.9%). `4.7 mln passengers were carried by these bus routes in the 1st quarter of 2006.

In the 1st quarter of 2006 47.8 mln passengers were carried by urban electrified transport, an increase of 4.1% on the 1st quarter of 2005. In January-March 2006 23.5 mln passengers were transported by tram, an increase of 3.8% on January-March 2005 and 24.3 mln passengers were carried by trolley bus, an increase of 4.5% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

Passenger traffic by mode of transport

(mln passengers)

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