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Rail Transport Activity in Australia

Summary

This report has been produced by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) using data supplied by the rail safety regulators in each State and the Northern Territory of Australia since 2001. The ATSB does not collect the data itself and depends entirely on the efforts of the rail safety regulators to provide accurate and reliable information.

Train kilometres

Year NSW NT Qld SA Tas Vic WA Australia
2001 53,086,392 157,051 36,238,151 13,604,617 - 36,830,251 16,205,715 156,122,177
2002 60,015,964 178,007 39,004,733 14,785,344 - 37,903,716 18,779,675 170,667,439
2003 60,668,790 184,094 41,539,098 14,196,407 969,752 37,789,278 20,334,815 175,682,234

Note: Excludes tram kilometres. Figures for Tasmania are not available.

Passenger train kilometres

Year NSW NT Qld SA Tas Vic WA Australia
2001 40,251,865 52,710 13,777,812 7,517,081 - 30,595,328 6,967,291 99,162,087
2002 44,159,057 52,459 14,011,180 8,758,313 - 32,136,314 7,041,493 106,158,816
2003 45,982,809 55,524 18,517,934 8,375,046 67,558 32,586,645 7,533,332 113,118,848

Note: Excludes tram kilometres. Figures for Tasmania are not available.

Freight train kilometres

Year NSW NT Qld SA Tas Vic WA Australia
2001 12,834,527 104,341 25,353,607 6,087,536 - 6,234,923 9,238,424 59,853,358
2002 15,856,907 125,548 25,031,437 6,027,031 - 5,767,402 11,738,182 64,546,507
2003 14,685,981 128,570 26,819,316 5,821,361 902,194 5,202,633 12,801,484 66,361,539

Note: Figures for Tasmania are not available.

Tram kilometres

Year NSW NT Qld SA Tas Vic WA Australia
2001 903,669 - - 766,071 - 21,792,576 8,986 23,471,302
2002 830,671 - - 776,296 - 22,430,950 7,795 24,045,712
2003 818,458 - - 790,160 100 22,298,561 6,258 23,913,537

Train passenger journeys

Year NSW NT Qld SA Tas Vic WA Australia
2001 294,595,914 48,123 46,797,064 8,795,436 - 140,330,029 24,209,487 514,776,053
2002 282,701,053 54,708 47,023,067 9,022,577 - 140,676,459 30,647,672 510,125,536
2003 277,397,915 44,798 49,025,838 9,581,692 - 141,214,222 30,440,368 507,704,833

Note: The railways providing passenger journey figures to the rail safety regulators are currently able to provide only estimates. Figures for Tasmania are not available. Excludes tram passenger journeys.

Tram passenger journeys

Year NSW NT Qld SA Tas Vic WA Australia
2001 6,714,452 - - 1,984,565 - 120,429,352 16,011 129,144,380
2002 6,202,864 - - 2,043,076 - 132,834,424 18,864 141,099,228
2003 5,427,628 - - 2,050,327 - 124,804,608 18,069 132,300,632

Notes

The definitions provided below are selected excerpts from the definitions of terms used by State and NT rail safety regulators in Australia. The definitions have been developed by them, in consultation with the rail industry, as part of their administrative role in providing government oversight of the safety of the rail industry in Australia.

Train kilometres: the number of kilometres travelled by trains, both freight and passenger.

Train: one or more units of rolling stock coupled together, at least one of which is a locomotive or other self propelled unit that is designed to run on a railway. Both track maintenance machines and trams (streetcars or light rail) are included in this definition. However, in this national report tramway activity is disaggregated from railway activity as a whole since most of the tramway activity in Australia is concentrated in Melbourne, Victoria.

Passenger train kilometres: the number of kilometres travelled by passenger trains (in this national report, excluding trams).

Freight train kilometres: the number of kilometres travelled by freight trains.

Tram kilometres: the number of kilometres travelled by trams.

Train passenger journey: a journey made by a passenger, all or part of which was on a train. A passenger journey is calculated as follows: urban areas - a point to point journey irrespective of the number of vehicles or modes used for the trip; non-urban areas - a point to point journey but each change of vehicle along the route is counted as a separate journey. In this national report, tram passenger journeys are excluded.

Tram passenger journey: a journey made by a passenger, all or part of which was on a tram. A passenger journey is calculated as follows: urban areas - a point to point journey irrespective of the number of vehicles or modes used for the trip.

Railway employees: persons (whether full or part time) who work for or at the direction of a railway organisation, including contractors and volunteers. In this national report, excludes tramway employees.

Tramway employees: persons (whether full or part time) who work for or at the direction of a tramway organisation, including contractors and volunteers.

Additional statistics on Australian railways are available from the Australasian Railway Association (see http://www.ara.net.au).

Disclaimer

The data in this report are supplied to the ATSB by State and NT rail safety regulators. Data quality and national consistency, in particular, thus depend on the efforts of these regulators. The ATSB accepts no liability for any loss or damage suffered by any person or corporation resulting from the use of these data.

Type: Statistical Publication
Publication date: 1 January 2004
Related: Rail statistics
 
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Last update 07 April 2014