Ljubljana, 13 July (STA) - More than 21.9 million tonnes of goods were carried by train in Slovenia in 2019, up 3% year-on-year. Roughly 85% of the goods were transported in international transit. Measured by tonne-kilometres, rail freight transport increased by 3% as well, show the recent Statistics Office data.
Regarding the type of cargo carried by train, most was so-called other goods or unidentifiable goods in containers and a mixture of cargo types (36% if expressed in tonnes or some 41% if expressed in tonne-kilometres).
The second most carried type of goods was mining and quarrying goods (some 19% or 17%, respectively), followed by coal, gas, oil and derivates (18% when expressed in tonnes or 17% when expressed in tonne-kilometres).
Moreover, more than 1.7 million tonnes of dangerous goods were carried by train in 2019, 5% down compared to 2018. Flammable liquids remained the bulk of such cargo (91%).
Slovenia's railway network consists of 1,209 kilometres of railway lines, including 330 kilometres of double tracks and 610 kilometres of electrified lines.