Share of the rail network which was electrified in Europe by 2017, by country

Switzerland was the only European country where all railway lines in use were electrified, making it the frontrunner for energy efficient and environmentally friendly rail services on the continent. Out of European Union member states, Luxembourg had the highest share of electrified railway systems, at 95.3 percent. The EU-28 average stood at 54 percent in 2017. In total, usable railway lines in the EU-28 had a combined length of 217,236 kilometers.

Switzerland leads rail investment

Switzerland also came out on top of a list of European countries and their respective rail investment per citizen. In 2017, Swiss authorities had funded 362 euros per citizen for railway maintenance purposes. By comparison, Germany’s rail network, which often prided itself as the envy of much of the world, had only seen 69 euros per citizen invested.

Market dominated by Asia

On a global scale, the electrically moved rolling stock industry was dominated by manufacturers from Asia. Between 2013 and 2017, Chinese producer CRRC held a market share of 44 percent, whereas Siemens only ranked in sixth position.

Percentage of the railway lines in use in Europe in 2017 which were electrified, by country

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

* Country not included in EU-28 average.
** Estimated value.

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