RAILISA (RAIL Information System and Analyses)) is an online tool allowing users to visualise and download data provided by railway companies worldwide. Numerous indicators are available for more than 100 railway companies: length of lines and tracks on the infrastructure network, passenger and freight traffic (e.g. passenger-kilometres and tonne-kilometres), train movements, rolling stock, staff numbers, financial results, etc. Some of these indicators have been documented since 1995, and the database is updated frequently.

For further information, please consult the online user guide below or send an email to:

Statistics Group


  • Updating statistical indicators:
    Indicators evolve in line with developments within member companies. Changes to the structure of the railway business, in particular, have had a major impact on railway statistics. The specific business sectors covered by new members, especially newcomers, must also be taken into account. Users’ needs are changing as new topics emerge, such as environment and quality. The role of the Statistics Group is to define new indicators and statistics tables.
  • Harmonisation of statistics concepts:
    This is one of the main tasks of the group: if the concepts used are not harmonised, the data is not homogeneous and, as a result, any data analysis is distorted. Members vary greatly both in terms of legal status and areas of activity. It is increasingly difficult to make comparisons between companies (and groups) with companies being bought, made into subsidiaries or privatised. The coherence of railway statistics is at stake.
  • Cooperation:
    The Statistics Group is a discussion forum for statistics experts. It offers a means of strengthening personal ties, thereby improving the quality of data provision and exchange.
  • Lobbying:
    By dint of its work and discussions, the Statistics Group enables railway companies to speak with one voice when responding to the expectations and/or demands of international bodies. For instance, thanks to the efforts of the Statistics Group, the new European regulation on railway statistics (91/2003) draws heavily on statistics collected by UIC with a view to avoiding duplication of work by the companies involved.


The Statistics Group comprises all those in charge of statistics at UIC member companies. Other UIC members may also participate at their request.

The group’s members are mandated by their employers and commit to participating actively in the group’s work and to international cooperation regarding the provision and exchange of statistical information as defined by the group.

The Steering Committee is composed of a number of members of the group, along with the chairman and the UIC statistics expert. The Steering Committee prepares and develops the tasks to be carried out at the behest of the group or on its own initiative in order to ensure appropriate follow-up on statistics activities, a domain in which there is continuous demand.

At the proposal of the Steering Committee, the Statistics Group may agree to create ad hoc working groups, the purpose of which is to study and solve particular statistics problems. The scope and duration (where relevant) of the ad hoc groups are precisely defined by the Committee.

The Statistics Group holds a plenary meeting in December each year. The Steering Commiteee meets for two days, three times a year.

The Chairman of the Statistics Group is Roman Štěrba of SŽDC.

UIC statistical indicators

Passenger and freight traffic trends

Rail transport in the world


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Friday 21 July 2017