In FOCUS / 2014-11-11
Wage conflict: Trains transported about 2.6 billion passengers in 2013
An agreement has still not been reached in the current wage conflict between the national operator Deutsche Bahn and the German train drivers' union (GDL). The train drivers have gone on strike several times since the conflict began - millions of passengers were affected by the work stoppages.
Longer-distance and commuter trains transported approximately 2.6 billion people in 2013. Most of the passengers (2.5 billion) used the trains to cover shorter distances. Compared with a year earlier, the number of passengers declined by 2.3% in local transport. In contrast, the number of passengers using long-distance transport services remained unchanged at 131 million.
The train drivers' strike hit not only passenger transport services but also rail freight transport. In 2013 a total of approximately 374 million tonnes of goods were transported by rail. By contrast, the volume of goods carried by road amounted to about 3.4 billion tonnes. There also are considerable differences when it comes to transport performance: for instance, road freight transport accounted for approximately 70% (453 billion tonne kilometres) of the entire transport performance in Germany. Rail freight transport accounted for 17% (113 billion tonne kilometres).