Indicators of transport in the 3rd quarter of 2012

03.12.2012

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, in the 3rd quarter of 2012 the volume of freights carried by rail and by oil products pipeline increased by 1.9% and 15% accordingly, while freights carried by road decreased by 7.8% as compared to the 3rd quarter of 2011.

In the 3rd quarter of 2012, 13.6 million tons of freight were carried by rail, whichis an increase of 1.9% as compared to the 3rd quarter of the previous year. It should be noted that in the 3rd quarter the growth rate was much lower than in the previous quarters.

Freight transport by rail by type of transport

 

nine months of 2012

3rd quarter of 2012

 

(mln t)

as % over the nine months of 2011

(mln t)

as % over the 3rd quarter of 2011

Total

47.3

+9.4

13.6

+1.9

national freights

1.0

+12.7

0.5

+13.3

export freights

3.7

+5.8

1.0

-9.1

 

freights from ports in Latvia

2.3

+8.0

0.6

-10.9

import freights

38.7

+10.0

11.2

+4.6

 

freights to ports in Latvia

36.0

+10.7

10.4

+5.4

transit freights

3.9

+6.6

0.9

-18.6

0.5 million tons of freight were national freights carried by rail, which is 55.1 thousand tons (13.3%) more than in the corresponding period of 2011. In international transportation the volume of freights carried by rail grew by 0.2 million tons or 1.5%. 83.8% of the total international freight haulage was comprised by transportation through the Latvian ports.

15.3 million tons of freight in the 3rd quarter of 2012 were freights carried by road, which is 7.8% less than in the 3rd quarter of 2011. The drop in the volume of freights was mostly determined by decrease of 18.1% in the transportation of products of agriculture and forestry and drop in transportation of wood and products of wood and cork (except furniture) of more than one third (35.1%).

Freight transport by road by type of transport

 

nine months of 2012

3rd quarter of 2012

 

(mln t)

as % over the nine months of 2011

(mln t)

as % over the 3rd quarter of 2011

Total

39.1

-1.2

15.3

-7.8

national freights

31.9

-2.4

13.1

-7.9

export freights

3.1

+0.9

1.0

+8.6

import freights

1.7

+22.1

0.6

+20.8

cross-trade and cabotage freights

2.4

-1.1

0.6

-38.4

The bulk (85.3%) of the total volume of freights were national freights, where the indicator decreased by 1.1 million tons (7.9%). Also International freight transportation dropped by 0.2 million tons (7.1%).

Almost a half (45.2%) of the total volume of freights carried by road were comprised by metal ores and other mining and quarrying products and peat, 19.5% – products of agriculture, hunting and forestry, fish and other fishing products, and 10% – by wood and products of wood and cork (except furniture), pulp, paper and paper products, printed matter and recorded media.

In the 3rd quarter of 2012, 1.7 million tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline - 15% more than in the corresponding period in 2011.

Passenger transportation by public transport in the 3rd quarter of 2012 declined by 3.6% as compared to the 3rd quarter of the previous year.Due to the cold weather last summer the decrease in the number of passengers mostly affected rail, while the number of passengers carried by trolleybuses is close to the indicators of the corresponding period of the previous year (drop of 0.6% only).

Passenger transportation by public transport

 

nine months of 2012

3rd quarter of 2012

 

(mln passengers)

as % over the nine months of 2011

(mln passengers)

as % over the 3rd quarter of 2011

Rail

15.1

-3.8

5.6

-5.6

Regular bus traffic lines

84.5

-3.1

27.1

-4.1

Trams

29.4

-4.5

9.4

-3.9

Trolleybuses

33.6

-1.2

10.5

-0.6

The mostly widely used type of public transport is regular bus traffic. Every second public transport passenger used this transport mode. In the 3rd quarter of 2012, the number of passengers carried by regular bus traffic comprised 27.1 million passengers - a decrease of 4.1%, as compared to July – September of the previous year. The majority (99.4 %) of these passengers were carried by national bus traffic. The number of passengers carried by national transport decreased by 4.2%, of which in urban routes – by 3.1%, in regional local routes – by 8.4% and in regional interurban routes – by 3.6%. In its turn, the number of passengers carried by international transport increased by 4.2%.

Decrease in the number of passengers carried by rail was registered throughout the year and also in the 3rd quarter of 2012 the number decreased by 5.6%. The number of passengers carried by national transport declined by 5.6%, whereas in international transport (mainly between Latvia and Russia) - by 1.8%.

In the 3rd quarter of 2012, 19.9 million passengers were carried by urban electrified transport – a decrease of 2.2%, as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. The number of passengers carried by trolleybuses dropped by 0.6% and by trams – by 3.9%.

 

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