Rail supports sustainable mobility
Rail: a mode of transport that supports society
When you travel by train, you are choosing the most eco-friendly mode of transport and encouraging mobility!
Whilst rail already has a long history, it is also a mode of transport with a great future. Not only does it offer an ideal solution to the growing issues of mobility and the environment, but it is constantly being improved to become faster, cheaper, safer and more accessible.
Rail is also considered to be the safest mode of transport, ahead of cars, motorbikes, trams, buses, boats, planes and even walking (Source: European Safety Council). With freight transport, rail considerably reduces the number of lorries on our roads. At present, lorries are involved in over 39 out of every 100 accidents.
With around 2,200 miles of track, Belgium's rail network is one of the densest in the world. As an active contributor to the development of a responsible socio-economic framework in Belgium, Infrabel has positioned itself at the heart of sustainable mobility in Europe: development of freight corridors, better access to ports and airports.
Furthermore, 80% of the indirect costs of transport (accidents, damage to the environment etc.) are due to road transport, compared to just 1.9% for rail. Traffic jams in Belgium cost the country economic losses of 150 million euros per year.
With more than 34,000 direct jobs that carry no risk of relocation (Source dated 1/10/2015), rail is also one of the biggest employers in the country. In terms of investment too, rail is one of the highest-ranking sectors in Belgium (with over 9 million euros invested in 2015).
Low CO2 emissions
Since the 1990s, CO2 emissions linked to transport have risen rapidly, increasing by 45% in less than 20 years. Today, they account for almost a fifth of global CO2 emissions. Whilst the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) recommends a reduction in greenhouse gases of between 40 and 70%, according to the International Energy Agency, CO2 emissions are set to increase by 130% by the year 2050.
CO2 emissions from rail transport account for less than 1% of emissions worldwide. For each passenger it carries, a train will emit on average between 7 to 20 times less CO2 than a car. A railway line can also transport 5 times more passengers per hour than a three-lane motorway.
In Belgium, rail is responsible for just 1.2% of CO2 emissions compared to all other modes of transport combined (Source: Eurostat). Our trains carry more than 200 million passengers per year, relieving our roads of more than 150 million car journeys. 51.3 million tonnes of freight are transported by rail every year in Belgium; the equivalent of 3 million fewer lorries on the road.