Some figures

In the course of the 43 years since the founding of the UIRR, road-rail CT traffic has grown to an extent that neither the railway undertakings nor the political champions of this mode of transport, principally found in Germany, Switzerland and France, then in Austria and in Italy, could ever have imagined. At the end of the 80s, the growth of UIRR traffic had achieved results more or less equivalent to those of maritime container transport, with annual increases in excess of 20%.

The record of the UIRR member companies can be summarised as follows:

  • Establishment in 43 years of an extended interconnected European CT network (direct, shuttle and consolidated trains)
  • Total traffic increased by 50% between 1999 and 2012 (yearly rate of 3.3%)
  • CO2 savings of more than 1.5 million tonnes
  • International volume doubled in 15 years (from 1999 to 2012)
  • Unaccompanied cross border traffic doubled in 15 years (from 1999 to 2012)
  • Domestic Rola traffic doubled in 15 years (from 1999 to 2012)
  • More than 5.4 million EVP/TEU transferred from road to rail in 2012
  • More than 12,000 long-distance lorries retired from the road
  • More than 13,000 wagons under own management
  • More than 350 transhipment yards proposed (with more than 30 under own management)
  • More than 500 CT trains en route daily throughout the European Union
  • More than 15,000 trains underwent quality inspection in 2012
  • More than 2.4 million transports processed in the CESAR online tracking system regularly used by more than 400 clients
  • More than 12,000 customers