EU initiatives to better integrate and improve connectivity between road, rail and water freight have failed to yield any significant results, according to the latest Eurostat data on freight transport. In 2012, 74.5% of freight travelled by road in the EU28, a level that “has remained almost unchanged since 2007,” according to a report released on 1 October.
Shares of rail (18.6%) and inland waterways (6.9%) in freight transport also barely budged over the period.
Road transport had over 90% share of freight in Cyprus, Malta, Ireland, Greece and Spain, while rail dominated in the Baltic states. Ten European member states, including Malta and Portugal, do not use or have inland waterways.