Tallinn airport tram line to enter into service at end of August

Tram service to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is expected to begin at the end of August, construction executives said as the completion of the principal structures of the tram tunnel under the railway line at Ülemiste was celebrated on Friday.

 

Construction of the extension of the number 4 tram line to Tallinn Airport began in spring 2016. Once service to the airport is established, some additional work such as road construction work, street lighting and landscaping work will continue through the end of October.

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Last year the carriage of passengers and goods declined

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2016, the number of passengers served by Estonian transport enterprises decreased by 3% and the freight volume in tonnes decreased by 1% compared to the previous year. The number of passengers increased in sea and rail transport, but decreased in road and air transport. Carriage of goods increased in road transport, but decreased in rail transport.

In 2016, the number of passengers carried by Estonian road, sea, rail and air transport enterprises amounted to 207.5 million with the majority (92%) carried by road. In 2016, the passenger traffic volume of transport enterprises was 5.4 billion passenger-kilometres, and it decreased by 12% compared to the previous year.

The amount of passengers in road transport decreased by 4% compared to 2015. There were 190.9 million passengers in total and 86% of them, i.e. about 165.0 million passengers, used urban transport (incl. trams and trolleybuses). 2% less passengers used urban transport compared to the previous year. The number of passengers on county lines was about 15.7 million (9% less compared to 2015), and on domestic long-distance lines it was 4.2 million (down by 2%). 1.2 million passengers were carried on international lines (down by 13%). In 2016, the passenger traffic volume of road transport was around 3 billion passenger-kilometres and it decreased in both domestic and international traffic, by 12% and 3%, respectively.

In 2016, Estonian sea transport enterprises carried 9.1 million passengers, which is 5% more than in 2015. The number of passengers carried was 2.3 million (up by 1%) in domestic sea traffic and 6.8 million (up by 7%) in international sea traffic. The passenger traffic volume of sea transport enterprises increased by 4%, and was nearly 1.2 billion passenger-kilometres in 2016. International sea traffic contributed 97% of passenger traffic volume.

Last year 6.9 million passengers were carried by rail, which is 4% more than in 2015. 6.8 million passengers were carried in domestic rail traffic (up by 3%) and 102,800 passengers were carried in international rail traffic (up by about two-fold). The passenger traffic volume of rail transport enterprises increased by 11% year over year, totalling 315.9 million passenger-kilometres.

In 2016, Estonian air transport enterprises carried 569,500 passengers. This is 15% less than in 2015. 9,500 passengers were carried in domestic air traffic (down by a half) and 560,000 passengers were carried in international air traffic (down by 14%). The passenger traffic volume of air transport enterprises decreased by 35% and was around 1 billion passenger-kilometres.In 2016, Estonian road, rail, sea and air transport enterprises carried 65.4 million tonnes of goods, of which nearly 59% was carried by road and 39% by rail.

Freight turnover of Estonian transport enterprises totalled nearly 11.6 billion tonne-kilometres in 2016. Freight turnover increased by 1% compared to 2015.

Road transport companies carried 38.8 million tonnes of goods in 2016, which is 6% more than in 2015. In domestic road traffic, 31.1 million tonnes of goods were transported (up by 17%) and 7.7 million tonnes in international traffic (down by 25%). Freight turnover of road transport enterprises increased by 11% compared to 2015, and totalled 8.9 billion tonne-kilometres.

In 2016, the amount of goods carried by rail was 10% smaller than the year before, amounting to 25.4 million tonnes. 15.7 million tonnes of goods were transported in domestic rail traffic (up by 5%) and 9.6 million tonnes in international traffic (down by 26%). Compared to 2015, freight turnover of rail transport decreased by 25% and amounted to 2.3 billion tonne-kilometres. Of rail freight transport, 8.0 million tonnes were goods in transit, exports amounted to 0.2 million tonnes and imports to 1.4 million tonnes. Carriage of goods in transit by rail decreased by 29%, mainly due to a decrease of over 3.5 million tonnes in the transport of liquid refined petroleum products (2.2 million tonnes were carried in 2016). Goods in transit that experienced the highest growth were nitrogen compounds and fertilizers (excl. natural fertilizers) – these were carried in 2016 in the amount of 4.4 million tonnes, i.e. 14% more than in 2015.

The data of Estonian transport enterprises are collected and published according to the enterprise’s main economic activity. The enterprise’s main economic activity is determined based on the Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK (NACE Rev. 2)): land transport (rail and road), water transport and air transport.

Road transport of passengers includes bus, trolleybus and tram transport. Urban transport includes passenger transport by buses, trams and trolleybuses.

Passenger traffic volume is the volume of work done in the transport of passengers. It is measured in passenger-kilometres (pkm). One passenger-kilometre is the transport of one person across a distance of one kilometre.

Freight turnover is the volume of work done in the transport of goods. It is measured in tonne-kilometres (tkm). One tonne-kilometre is the transport of one tonne of goods across a distance of one kilometre.

Source: Statistics Estonia

Shipment of goods declined in 2016

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2016, the number of international traffic passengers served by Estonian ports increased by 4%, but the freight volume of ports in tonnes decreased by 4% compared to the previous year.

Last year, the year of marine culture, a record number of passengers used Estonian ports. In 2016, 10.5 million passengers visited Estonian ports by international transport, which is 4% more than in 2015. The growth was mainly due to the increase in the number of passengers travelling between Estonia and Finland, where 8.8 million passengers were served. 164,000 more passengers arrived from Finland and 160,000 more passengers departed to Finland compared to 2015. Between Estonia and Sweden 1.2 million sea passengers were transported, i.e. 3% more passengers compared to the previous year. 498,200 cruise passengers arrived by sea, i.e. 1% more than the year before. 7.7 million passengers used Estonian ships in international sea traffic.

The number of passenger ship calls at Estonian ports in international sea traffic was around 6,250, i.e. 4% more passenger ships (incl. ro-ro passenger ships) than in 2015, and around the same number of cruise ships (285) called at Estonian ports as in 2015. On international routes around 1.9 million vehicles (excl. transit vehicles) were served by ports; 71% were passenger cars and 25% were trucks and trailers.

On main national ship lines around 2.3 million passengers were transported, which is about as much as in 2015. On those lines over 400 ship trips more were made than in 2015. In 2015, there were over 14,800 trips and, in 2016, over 15,200 trips. On Estonian national lines approximately 933,700 vehicles were served by ports.

In 2016, Estonian ports handled 33.6 million tonnes of cargo, which is 4% less, i.e. 1.3 million tonnes less, than a year earlier. 8% less goods were loaded and 7% more goods were unloaded than in 2015. In 2016, around the same number of cargo ships called at Estonian ports as in 2015. The average gross tonnage of cargo vessels totalled about 11,000.

Transportation of goods through the ports declined last year due to a decrease in transit cargo. Transit goods were loaded and unloaded in ports in the amount of 18.1 million tonnes, which is 11% less than in 2015. 12.7 million tonnes of transit cargo were loaded and 5.4 million tonnes unloaded at Estonian ports. Transit cargo loading fell by 18%, but transit cargo unloading increased by 14%. The most frequently handled group of transit goods loaded at Estonian ports was refined petroleum products (7.5 million tonnes), although the transport of these products decreased by a third in a year. The loading of chemicals and chemical products as transit goods amounted to 4.9 million tonnes, which is 17% more than the year before. The most frequently handled group of transit goods unloaded at Estonian ports was also refined petroleum products (4.5 million tonnes), which is 14% more than in 2015.

9.9 million tonnes of goods were transported abroad through ports and 5.6 million tonnes of goods arrived at Estonian ports – 9% and 2% more than in 2015, respectively. Goods transported abroad were mainly products of agriculture and forestry (3.2 million tonnes), a mixture of types of goods transported together (2.9 million tonnes) and products of mining and quarrying (1 million tonnes). Goods that arrived at Estonian ports included primarily a mixture of types of goods transported together (2.8 million tonnes) and products of mining and quarrying (1.4 million tonnes).

Sea container transportation through ports (expressed in TEUs) decreased by 2% compared to the previous year amounting to about 204,400 TEUs in 2016. The number of containers shipped out of Estonian ports on vessels was about 100,300 TEUs and the number received at Estonian ports was 104,100 TEUs.

Source: Statistics Estonia

Tallinn to buy 20 Volvo hybrid buses

An agreement was signed on Nov.23, 2016 according to which Volvo will supply the City of Tallinn with 20 diesel-electric hybrid buses for a total of 6.2 million euros.

Volvo was the manufacturer of the hybrid buses previously acquired by the Estonian capital as well. In 2015, the city’s public transport company TLT bought 24 hybrid buses from Volvo to replace trolleybuses on routes 6 and 7, which were subsequently reassigned as routes 42 and 43.

The new batch of hybrid buses will be delivered in the second quarter of 2017.

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Tallinn-Tartu trip to take under two hours by train

Extensive repairwork on the railway connnecting Tallinn and Tartu is scheduled to be completed soon, after which a trip via train between Estonia’s two biggest cities will shorten to under two hours in length.

Beginning Dec. 4, or next Sunday, Elron will no longer have to employ connecting shuttle buses between Tallinn-Rapla and Tapa-Tartu.

On Dec. 11, however, Elron will be launching a new train schedule which will include one additional express train departure each on its Tallinn-Tartu and Tartu-Tallinn routes.

According to the new schedule, the trip should take less than two hours via express train, a decrease from its current average time of two hours and ten minutes; its local trains, which stop at all stations along the route, are also slated to begin making the trip faster than their current approximate time of two hours and 40 minutes.

Source: ERR News

Self-driving buses on Tallinn streets next July

At least two small self-driving buses are to be put into service in Tallinn at the start of Estonia’s presidency of the EU next July, with the aim of showcasing Estonia as an innovation-oriented country.

Rapid developments are taking place in the field of self-driving vehicles, and the technology could potentially have a big influence on improving traffic safety, increasing regional mobility and saving the environment, the tender announcement said. The presidency of the EU offers a good opportunity to showcase Estonia as an innovation-oriented country and a pioneer in utilizing solutions with a big social impact.

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British Airways to fly to Tallinn starting March 2017

Beginning Mar. 28 next year, British Airways will fly the Tallinn-London route twice a week, Tallinn Airport announced on Nov.1, 2016.

The flights will be on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The Tuesday flight will leave London at 8:00 a.m., and later in the day return to London, leaving Tallinn at 1:55 p.m.

The Saturday flight will leave London at 3:35 p.m., and again fly back from Tallinn to London at 9:35 p.m. Both flights will connect Tallinn to London Heathrow Airport.

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