Number of train passengers slides 21% in Q1


Number of train passengers slides 21% in Q1

A total of 17.7 million passengers travelled on Finnish railways in the first quarter of 2020, which is 21 per cent fewer than in the corresponding quarter of last year, according to Statistics Finland.

The number of passenger kilometres in train traffic totalled 1,098 million. Passenger kilometres went down by six per cent from the corresponding quarter of the year before. Passenger kilometres indicate that the number of passengers decreased more in local transport than in long-distance transport.

A total of 9.3 million tonnes of goods were transported by rail in Finland during the first quarter of 2020. The transport volume of goods transported by rail totalled 2.5 billion tonne-kilometres.

The performances of freight transport by rail starting from 2020 are not fully comparable with the data of earlier years due to changes made to the statistics.