Transport Statistics

Transport concerns everybody

Transport and mobility are fundamental to our economy and society and to our own lives. While transport enables economic growth and job creation, it must become more sustainable as it cannot continue to develop along the path taken over the last decades. Transport is global, so effective action requires strong international cooperation.

In aviation, road and partly in rail transport, market opening has taken place. The safety and security of transport across all modes has increased. Transeuropean transport networks, notably the building of high-speed railway lines, are contributing to territorial cohesion.

For an effective and coherent transport policy, a correct and effective monitoring of transport performance and trends at European level is needed. Transport statistics have long time developed along the individual modes of transport. Statistics linked to road, rail, inland waterway, air and maritime transport have their own characteristics and serve their own needs. However, transport is increasingly considered in a more integrated way, with more attention to comparability and more interest for transport chains.

Sogeti provides statistical and methodological consultancy on various topics related to transport. Sogeti has a number of in-house experts covering a wide variety of transport-related topics but can also rely on a number of external experts that can handle other specific issues.

Our expertise

Since 2004, Sogeti provides different EU institutions with technical and methodological assistance for the analysis and dissemination of data on traffic and transport. This includes the analysis of data stemming from compulsory reporting to the EU (legal acts), voluntary data collections and survey data, including the analysis of conceptual differences and their effects. Expertise can be supplied for road, rail, inland waterway, air, maritime and pipeline transport. In a fully integrated approach:

  • Methodological issues are being addressed;
  • Quality and consistency of data collections are checked;
  • Datasets for dissemination are prepared;
  • Data to be disseminated are contextualised and commented for publication.

Furthermore, horizontal transport issues can be addressed, such as transport safety, freight and passenger transport modal split and passenger mobility.

Our achievements

Since more than a decade, Sogeti is involved in transport-related projects as a contractor for Eurostat. This includes the handling of datasets, the preparation of reference datasets and the establishment of various publications ranging from Wiki articles and short bulletins to more important cross-topic publications. Also, Sogeti participates in conceptual work such as the design of surveys, the planning of new data collections and the elaboration of methodological options in various domains (such as the country attribution of air and maritime transport; obtaining transport distance-class information; development of concepts to quantify intermodal transport).

Recent references include:

  • Intermodal transport: analysis of the approach applied by the German National Statistical Office to combine modal freight transport statistics and detect essential transport chains (spatial patterns); investigation of a possible application at EU level (2012);
  • Transport modal split: calculating the modal shares of road, rail and inland waterways; adjustment of road transport performance data: change from the nationality-of-haulier principle to the territoriality principle. Treatment of micro data with subsequent aggregation. Development of concepts for the country attribution of maritime and air transport. Establishment of freight transport modal shares by distance-class (2012-2015);
  • Transport safety: cooperation with the EU’s transport safety agencies (European Railway Agency – ERA, European Aviation Safety Agency – EASA, European Maritime Safety Agency – EMSA) and the EC’s Directorate General Transport & Mobility for the preparation of new data dissemination tables on accidents and accident victims for Eurostat; analysis of data stemming from the safety agencies’ databases; Risk Exposure Data: conceptual input for modal comparisons (2012-2015);
  • Passenger mobility: defining common guidelines for Passenger Mobility Surveys; assistance to countries launching passenger mobility surveys; post-harmonisation of data from national travel surveys; proposals for a harmonised, EU-wide data collection on road vehicle traffic (2014-2015);
  • Regional transport statistics: updating and quality control of selected regional transport-related data (transport infrastructure; vehicle fleet; injuries and fatalities in road accidents); comparison with alternative data sources (CARE – the Community database on road accidents) and suggestions for streamlining (2012-2015).