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Survey Information

Survey Name:

Rail Statistics

Business Area:

Transport Section, Agriculture, Transport & Tourism Division.

Survey Purpose:

To collect quarterly and annual data on goods and passenger transport by rail. Data is also collected on rail accidents and railway operators

Legislative Basis:

Regulation (EC) No. 91/2003 the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on rail transport statistics Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1192/2003 of 3 July 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No. 91/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on rail transport statistics.


Quarterly and annual

Target Population:

Rail transport activity within the Republic of Ireland and rail transport activity where a journey begins or ends in the Republic of Ireland.

Sampling Frame:


Survey Size:

Irish Rail supply the data.

Principal Variables Collected:

Tonnes of freight carried, tonne-km, train-km, number of passengers carried, passenger-km, train movements, number of accidents, number of persons killed, number of persons seriously injured.

Principal External Users:

Eurostat, National Accounts.

Contact Points

Business Area Specialists:

Jim Dalton
Noreen Dorgan
Joan O'Rahilly
Marie O'Rourke

The business specialists above can be contacted by e-mail using their firstname.lastname@cso.ie

Methodology Document