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Rail Transport

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Division of Short Term Statistics, Department of Business Statistics
Inger Hansen
+45 39 17 35 51

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Rail Transport 2022

Rail transport statistics covers transport of goods and passengers by rail, investments in rail infrastructure and vehicles, rail traffic and accidents. The statistics is used for policy work in the EU and is compliant with the EU-regulation on the topic which secures that it can be compared to other EU-countries. Furthermore it is used by others with interest in the railroad sector this includes government bodies.

Statistical presentation

Rail transport statistics are collected from the operators on the Danish rail network and from infrastructure managers. It contains information on passenger and goods transport on Danish rail network irrespective of the nationality of the operator, information on railway infrastructure and rolling vehicle stock, investments in infrastructure and rolling vehicles, and rail accidents. It covers number of passengers and weight of goods. Also it covers person/goods kilometers, investments in the railway and accidents.

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Statistical processing

Rail Statistics are collected through the online data collection portal, quarterly from all rail operators with transport on the Danish rail network including private railways and light rail lines. Data are validated with regard to internal consistency in the report and the development in the time series on both micro (enterprise) and macro (aggregated statistics) level. No imputation, enumeration or seasonally adjustment are done.

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The statistics are used widely by e.g. news media, ministries and consultancies, and it is the impression that the statistics is of relevance to the users.

The statistics are primarily used by EU for policy work but also other with interest on the subject uses it. This includes government bodies.

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Accuracy and reliability

Uncertainty is estimated to be relative small since data collection covers all enterprises operating trains on the Danish rail network.

Passenger transport have larger uncertainty than goods transport since the statistics for passenger transport are based on the companies' models of total number of passengers.

Only minor revisions are done to the first preliminary publication.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published 73-74 days after the reference period.

The statistics are always published at the pre-announced time.

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Comparable time series for all EU-member states and EFTA-member states are published by Eurostat.

There is no significant breaks in the existing time series. The time series for personkilometres for the Metro has a minor break between 2016 and 2017 due to changes in methodology.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published yearly in Nyt fra Danmarks Statistik (Statistical news) , and all data is available in the online database of Statistics Denmark,

Selected series are publish in Statistical Ten-Year Review.

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