Germany: road freight up, rail freight down
Germany’s federal statistical office (Destatis) reported that the country's freight traffic grew to 4.5 billion t in 2014, a 2.9% increase over 2013, and 0.4% more than the record volume in 2008.
Road freight accounted for an estimated 3.5 billion t last year, equating to +3.7% vis-à-vis 2013. Of all the transport modes, the road sector noted the strongest growth in the period under review. The carriage of building material during the unseasonably mild weather at the beginning of 2014 was one of the reasons for the marked rise in in road freight volumes.
The railway's tonnage fell by 2.4% in 2014 - the only transport mode to note a decrease. (ben)