Behov av statistik om godstågens tillförlitlighet: en förstudie

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At present, the official statistics on rail traffic in Sweden only comprise passenger trains. The reliability of freight trains should also be included in the statistics. This leads to questions on which information should be included and how it should be described. This pre-study is a knowledge base of the necessary development of the official statistics in Sweden, and is centered on the users’ current and potential needs of statistics on freight train reliability.

In this context, reliability is the ability of a transport system to follow the timetable, upon which users have organized their activities. A traffic disturbance, such as delays or cancelled trains, creates unreliability in the transport system, which should be characterized in more ways than the frequency of the disturbances in order to meet different users’ needs of statistics. To produce the necessary statistics, one must answer the following questions. Which units and variables should be included? Which domains should be included? Which statistical measures should be presented?

This study shows that the relevant units are vehicles and traffic disturbances. The necessary variables are scheduled, arrived and cancelled vehicles, as well as vehicles that are adjustments/late changes of the timetable. Variables on timetable deviations for vehicles running on the network are also necessary. In this aspect, there are differences between passenger and freight trains as the latter group relatively often depart or arrive ahead of schedule, which is also important to capture with statistics.

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