Volumes climbed by 5.3% year-on-year between January and June to reach 13.5 million tonnes, with wagonload traffic rising 6.2% and unaccompanied combined transport up 5.4%. The Gotthard route saw a 5.8% increase in volumes and there was a 4.5% rise on the Simplon route.

Road freight volumes declined 1.3% in the first half of this year to 6.5 million tonnes, with 7000 fewer lorry movements than the first half of 2013.

BAV notes that the drop in road volumes may be attributed in part to heavy snowfall, with associated road closures, and the slow recovery of the Italian economy.

Rail now has a 67.5% share of the Swiss transalpine freight market, its highest share since the Swiss government introduced its performance-related heavy vehicle fee (LSVA) for lorries in 2001.