THE VOICE OF EUROPEAN RAILWAYSSee more
CER is the European association that represents the entire railway system.
of the European rail network length
of the European rail freight business
of rail passenger operations in Europe
CER ACTIVITIES IN 2019
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN MOBILITY IN 2019
2019 was a crucial year for EU climate policy, with Member States agreeing to EU climate neutrality by 2050 and for the European Commission and the whole Union to embark on a European Green Deal, to set transport on a path to full decarbonisation by then. Key measures to decarbonise transport, like a shift to rail, were already put forward in the 2011 EU Transport White Paper. The Green Deal must strengthen them with effective tools to implement ‘user pays’ and ‘polluter pays’ principles and proper funding for clean mobility. These can be game-changers for achieving sustainable mobility in Europe.
THE RIGHT POLICIESSee more
THE ENABLERS OF OUR VISION
THE SECTOR'S COMMITMENTSSee more
ABOUT THE RAIL SECTORRead more
Modern, efficient and reliable infrastructure is the backbone of the European economy. The rail network in Europe enables the transport of passengers and goods across member states with high efficiency and low emissions.
226 726 km
is the length of the EU’s rail network. This is equivalent to travelling around the world 5.5 times.
of railway lines in Europe are electrified. These lines carry most of the rail transport across Europe.
4 trains out of 5 are already running on electricity, which is becoming greener.
European railways bring passengers to their work and school, to their leisure activity or holiday destination. From long-distance to local and regional trains, the railways have something to offer to each customer.
passengers are transported by EU railways every year.
of Europe’s passenger trains are on time
4 in 5
Europeans take the train (80%).
are occasional travellers
use it frequently (i.e. at least once a week)
Rail freight is particularly well placed to reduce Europe’s dependence on imported fuels, due to its high energy efficiency and major reliance on electric energy. Rail freight can support Europe’s competitiveness if the right framework conditions are set in place.
421 million km
is the distance travelled by cargo goods on trains in Europe in 2017.
of inland freight was transported by rail in the EU in 2017
of rail cargo is transported by rail-road combined transport, 81% of it by swapbodies, the rest by semi-trailers and rolling motorway.
Rail is an essential component of the transport system, and transport is an essential function of any modern economy.
Economic size of Europe’s rail sector (GVA)
Millions of persons employed
1 million directly
1.3 million indirectly
ONE job in railway transport creates more than ONE other job in indirectly dependent economic activities.
Interoperability and safety enhance and ensure the seamless and safe circulation of passengers and goods on railway vehicles across the European Union and even beyond its borders.
Rail is the safest mode of land transport
Fatalities per billion passenger-kilometres for different modes of transport (2011-2015)
Rail contributes to reducing the transport users’ environmental burden on society combining energy-efficient mobility with fewer emissions.
Specific CO2 emissions per transport mode
Rail is 9x less CO2 intensive than road for freight and air travel for passengers.
Energy efficiency of rail
Rail is 6x more energy-efficient than road due to physical advantages such as lower rolling and air resistance.
Rail accounts for just 2% of total EU energy consumption in transport, while it carried 17% of freight and 8% of passengers of all transport modes in 2017.