More and More Goods cross the Alps
The Confederation is still far away from achieving modal shift goals despite of higher rail share
Railway freight transport through the Alps increased in 2015 for the fourth time in a row: The volume of goods transported by rail freight grew by 3.3%. The market share of rail increased from 67.3 to 69%. This is shown in a report published by the Federal Bureau for Transport (FBT) on Thursday. The decisive factor for this growth would, among others, the improvement of the economic situation in Germany and Italy, the relatively high availability of rail infrastructure and the continuation of the accompanying measures to promote the given modal shift, so the FBT.
The number of lorry journeys through the Swiss Alps fell by 2.2 bringing down the amount of journeys to 1.010 Million. The number of trips declined thus to the level of 20 years ago. The transport volume decreased by 3.4 % therefore 12 million tons.
Despite of being the highest rail share for the last 14 years, still much fewer goods cross the Alps by rail, as it is called for in the Rail Freight Transfer Act. According to this, by 2018, the amount of lorry journeys should be reduced to 650,000 per year.