Ljubljana, 05 July (STA) - Railway cargo traffic fell in 2009 by slightly over 24% compared to the year before, the National Statistics Office said on Monday. A total of 13.1m tonnes of cargo were transported in 2009 and 2,668m tonne kilometres were travelled, almost 75% of which was done as part of international transport.
19.9% of the cargo weight or 19.6% of the tonne kilometres were accounted for by coal, gas, oil and its derivatives, while ore accounted for 16.9% of the weight and 18.2% of the distance.
Transport of manufactured products took up 9.3% of the weight of rail cargo and 8.1% of the distance, while the group of other goods was the largest with 25.2% of the weight and 25.7% of the distance.
Between 2004 and 2008, an average of around 1.5m tonnes of hazardous cargo was transported on the railways annually; however, the quantity grew to almost 2.9m tonnes in 2009, which was 78.9% more year-on-year.
Flammable fluids accounted for as much as 83.5% of the total hazardous cargo transported in 2009.
In 2009, 19 accidents occurred on Slovenian railways, in which 14 people were heavily injured and 11 people died, which is 2 people more than in 2008.
None of those killed in the accidents were passengers, but one person was an employee of the national railway operator.
The railway network in Slovenia has 1,228 kilometres of railway lines, 330 kilometres of which have two rails and 503 kilometres are equipped with electric lines.