PRIME presents fourth benchmarking report covering 2012-2019

Key findings

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To reach that goal, rail will have to take up a bigger share of the transport system. Rail infrastructure managers work hard to provide safe, reliable, green, smart and affordable railway infrastructure for the transport of people and goods. The report gives a relevant insight on indicators covering these dimensions.

Some important achievements are visible: The majority of infrastructure managers increased their safety performance in the last years. Decreasing figures in the share of diesel-powered trains show that rail itself is becoming greener. More than 80% of the infrastructure mangers’ train kilometres are run on electricity. To achieve the European Commission’s objective to double rail freight traffic by 2050, freight still needs a serious boost. PRIME data shows that its development remains an important objective of the infrastructure managers.

18 participating infrastructure managers and a more complete dataset

18 infrastructure managers have jointly agreed on the key performance indicators that are relevant for their business and provided data creating an impressive data base. It follows last years objective in providing a comprehensive report with more detailed explanations and contextual information to make the wealth of data more accessible. With one new participant and a more complete dataset it continues its positive development.

The number of infrastructure managers participating in the KPI & benchmarking subgroup has steadily increased. It currently has 24 participants, 18 regular members and 6 organisations in transition.

Significance extends beyond the benchmarking subgroup

PRIME data and definitions can serve the needs of a large range of rail experts and policy makers. By measuring and sharing the results, PRIME aims to demonstrate to the wider public that the rail sector is committed to improving its service provision.

Last regular report before possible COVID-19 impacts

As this report covers data up to 2019, it does not yet show the impacts of the pandemic. This report can however be considered the last "regular" report in the sense that it shows the industry development before the various distortions of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this respect, this report can be a good data reference to compare developments before and after the pandemic.

Report methodology

In this report, the key indicators are each shown in a time series and a benchmarking chart, presenting key trends and a cross-comparison of infrastructure managers. However, the quantitative results can only be interpreted meaningfully if the main influencing factors are taken into account: infrastructure managers are operating in different countries under different geographic and political circumstances. Without considering the different characteristics of the infrastructure managers and their structural peculiarities, meaningful comparisons cannot be achieved. For this reason, background information on the specific contexts of the infrastructure managers and rail infrastructure is provided for each indicator. Influencing factors cover climate, socio-demographic, historical and political, economic, technical factors and services provided by the infrastructure manager.

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