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27 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 09:53 GMT+2

August 18, 2020

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In the second quarter, Combined European Transport recorded a decrease of -15%

Negative forecasts for the next 12 months

In the second quarter of this year, the volume of goods transported by combined transport services in Europe are decrease by almost -15% compared to the corresponding period of the year. 2019, reduction - explained the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) - which was caused by the economic slowdown as a result of the pandemic Coronavirus. Specifying that in the first half of 2020 the reduction in combined transport exceeded -7%, the URR stated that while the combined transport sector is working hard to maintain services and acquire new customers, the sentiment of industry players for the next 12 months continues to be negative and it is for the second consecutive quarter.

The UIRR has shown that this phase of crisis has come after a decade in which rail transport intermodal was the only system of freight transport on rail to record steady and dynamic growth over the period following the 2008-9 economic crisis. The association recalled that while last year the EU's gross domestic product was increased by 1.7% and the performance of road transport in terms of tonne-kilometer grew by about 1%, freight rail traffic contract contracted by almost -2% European combined transport has seen a growth in 1.5% of intermodal rail tonnes-kilometers.

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