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July 27, 2011

UIC reports rail traffic growth of 3.5% for 2010

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STATISTICS gathered by the International Union of Railway (UIC) for 2010 show an overall growth of 3.4% in tonne-km and 3.5% in passenger-km worldwide. This confirms the recovery in freight traffic following the slump of 2008-09, while passenger traffic declines in some countries were compensated by strong growth in India.
 
Russia, which accounts for nearly 22% of global railfreight, recorded an 8% increase in tonne-km last year. Indian Railways did even better with 9% growth, while Kazakhstan Railways had an 8% increase in tonne-km. China, on the other hand, only achieved a 3% rise in freight traffic.

The United States and Canada, which represent 30% of global railfreight traffic, saw a 4% increase in tonne-km, while Europe (excluding the countries of the former Soviet Union) recorded 7% growth.

Passenger traffic was much more volatile ranging from an 8% increase in passenger-km in India, to virtual stagnation in China and Europe and a 9% fall in Russia.

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