A total of 1,200,000 long-distance journeys made in April – everyday travel increasing

In April, about 1,200,000 domestic long-distance journeys were made and approximately 2.2 million tonnes of goods were transported by rail. In total, 4.62 million domestic long-distance journeys were made and 8 million tonnes of goods were transported by rail in January–April this year.

In April, about 1,200,000 domestic long-distance journeys were made, which is 13% more than in April 2022 and about 7% more than in April 2019.

“The number of journeys in April increased due to everyday travel – business travel in particular increased compared to the beginning of the year. The final days of the VAT discount, which ended at the end of April, as well as Easter and weekend leisure travel also had a positive impact on the number of journeys. In April, the customer experience remained at an all-time high,” says VR's CEO Elisa Markula.

In April, the transport volumes of VR Transpoint’s railway transport were 2.2 (2.3) million tonnes. The volumes decreased by 6% year-on-year due to the end of Eastern traffic. Domestic transport volumes increased by 16%. In January–April this year, 8.0 (10.1) million tonnes of goods were transported by rail, which is about 20% less than in the previous year.

The punctuality of long-distance trains in April at a good level

In April, the punctuality of long-distance trains was at a good level of 90.2% due to well-functioning rolling stock and rail infrastructure. Primary delay entries were divided between track-related causes (34%), other causes (34%) and VR-related causes (32%). The punctuality of long-distance traffic in April was weakened by electrical damage to the track at the beginning of the month and vandalism targeted at the track at the end of the month.

The punctuality of VR commuter trains in April was 96.6%. The causes of delays were divided among other causes (51%), track-related causes (39%) and VR-related causes (10%).

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