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2018 was a good year for EU Transport

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 12 Mar 2019

In 2018, a number of EU mobility actions come to fruition as a result of effective cooperation and the continuation of work across more than one mandate.

A statement by Transport Commissioner Bulc, presented the year's achievements, which are summarised below:

Connecting and inspiring

  • European Mobility Week broke all records with almost 2 800 cities participating in 54 countries. See how your city participated here
  • As part of the Discover EU initiative, 29 500 young people received a travel pass to explore Europe’s diversity and cultural richness.  A third round of applications will open in summer 2019.
  • 31 countries from across Europe participated in European Day without a Road Death (EDWARD) 2018. On the day, 50 people sadly lost their lives, compared to an average of 70 fatalities per day.  

More innovation, more benefits

  • A one-stop shop for planning and payment for multimodal trips was introduced: faster, cost-efficient, with improved environmental performance.
  • An EU-funded around-the-neck airbag for bikers was put on the market: safer, better coverage, reduced concussion risk and almost no risk of skull fracture (first 130 000 used in 2018).
  • Nine test projects were launched as part of the U-space demonstrator network for safe, secure and sustainable use of drones, based on the new European aviation safety rules.

Improved safety

  • Aviation: new EU rules to better support the mental fitness of aircrew were introduced. This comes as a follow-up to the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash. The rules include a support programme, alcohol testing and psychological assessments for aircrews.
  • Road: all new vehicles equipped with 112 eCall safety system in all Member States. The system helps saves lives by improving the crash emergency response time by 40- 50%.
  • Maritime: European Maritime Safety Agency helped prevent a major ecological disaster by containing a 50km oil spill from a vessel collision in the Mediterranean thanks to Copernicus images and oil recovery vessels.

‘Vision Zero’ – no pollution in action

  • Aviation: decreased emissions/km by 40% vs. 1992; new A330neo with leap engine uses 25% less fuel. With new technologies, we gained an additional 36 seconds, and cut kerosene consumption by 5kg per flight.
  • Maritime: zero-emission ferries powered by batteries were introduced between Denmark and Sweden, resulting in noise reduction and 50% less emissions (4km length carrying more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually) .
  • Road: 140 466 (an increase of 10% vs 2017) new charging points (7 387 fast charging – an increase of 26% vs 2017). The installed recharging points/stations are located a maximum distance of 80km apart and are publicly accessible 24/7 (241 multi-standard fast chargers in Germany, 37 in Belgium – FAST-E project).
  • Railways: new high-speed rail network deployed: 8 434km (an increase of 10% between 2016 and 2017)

Enhanced services

  • Rail: Ljubljana-Trieste-Venice twice-daily passenger service re-established after 10 years. Great cross-border cooperation linking two Member States along the Mediterranean and Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridors, accommodating 272 passengers and bicycles. Athens-Thessaloniki high-speed railway: journey 2.5 hours shorter when fully deployed.
  • Road: new highway connection between Vienna and Brno. It removed bottlenecks, improved road safety and shortened travel time by 10 minutes
  • Urban mobility: New traffic management system in the Lyon urban area with real transport data for citizens: 10% reduction in congestion for 100% of the travel time is now guaranteed.

Social Agenda

  • First concrete actions launched by the Women in Transport - EU Platform for Change (20 events). Early champions: Swiss Railways set up The Diversity & Inclusion Council, which will, among other objectives, work to uncover invisible barriers for women in terms of career and potential development within the company; EasyJet launched the Amy Johnson Flying Initiative: 20% female new entrant cadet pilots by 2020.
  • Maritime Stakeholders signed a Blueprint for Cooperation to upgrade skills for seafarers and prepare them for future jobs, matching the demands arising from the digital transformation.

General Statistics on Transport in the EU economy – latest statistics released in 2018 (referring to 2016)

  • Transport represents 9% of EU Gross Value Added.
  • Responsible for 20 million direct jobs - 9% of total EU employment.
  • 2.1 million companies involved in transport.
  • The EU exported motor vehicles, rail rolling stock, planes and ships of a total value of €295 billion. This represents 17% of the EU’s total goods exports in 2016. The EU exported transport services worth €146 billion, which represents 17% of the EU’s total service exports.
  • The number of passengers in the EU increased by 3.2% (2016 vs 2015), reaching 423 million passengers travelling by rail, 973 million by air, 397 million by sea.
  • Freight transport increased by 4.5% (2016 vs 2015) reaching 3 661 billion tonne-km.
  • EU Transport total investment in 2018 amounted to €20.3 billion.

To read the full statement, click here.

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commented 5 months 6 days ago

In the chapter "General Statistics...." it says: "The number of passengers in the EU increased by 3.2% (2016 vs 2015), reaching 423 million passengers travelling by rail, 973 million by air, 397 million by sea".
Hopefully Ms. Bulc is aware that in 2016 9.640 million passengers were travelling by rail! This is about ten (!) times as many as by air.