Transport growth returning, says IRU

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Economic growth is returning in Europe, according to figures from the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

The IRU’s transport indices show that tonnes transported rose 0.4 per cent in 2013 and volumes are expected to increase by 1.3 per cent in 2014.

Jens Hügel, head of sustainable development, said: “A detailed analysis of the latest economic figures show that there is a general upward trend in Europe. However, Europe remains outpaced by BRIC and TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) countries, which show better performances in transport volumes in 2013 and are likely to continue doing so in 2014.”

BRIC and TRACECA road transport operators carried 5.1 per cent and 3.4 per cent more volume respectively than EU transport operators. These numbers are expected to reach 5 per cent and 3.7 per cent respectively in 2014, while EU transport volumes will increase by 1.3 per cent.

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