Rail passenger transport rising, decline in cargo transport ends

ZAGREB, 5 March (Hina) – In Q4 2023 trains transported 29% more passengers and slightly more cargo than in the same period of 2022, which put an end to a decline in cargo transport, show data from the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM), published on Tuesday.

In Q4 2023 HŽ Putnički Prijevoz transported 29% more passengers compared to Q4 2022, while the number of passenger-kilometers dropped by 0.2%.

These data also include Rail Cargo Carrier Croatia, a new rail passenger transport operator.

Indicators for rail cargo transport show that the decline in cargo transport was stopped in Q4 2023, with 0.7% more goods having been transported in that period compared to Q4 2022, and an 8.8% drop in ton-kilometers. At the same time, cargo transport operators saw a 0.7% increase in revenue from cargo transport.

The cargo transport operator HŽ Cargo transported close to 10% less cargo, reporting a 17.8% drop in ton-kilometers, while other cargo operators transported 7.7% more cargo and had 1.7% more ton-kilometers.

At the end of Q4 2023, HŽ Cargo accounted for 36.2% of the total cargo transported and 48.4% of total ton-kilometer. Of a total of 19 rail cargo transport operators, 13 were active while six did not transport cargo in the said period.