Swiss rail system voted top in Europe: Railway Performance Index

2018-05-08 08:57:43
Summary:GENEVA, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Switzerland's rail system remains the best in Europe, a report said Friday, reve...
GENEVA, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Switzerland's rail system remains the best in Europe, a report said Friday, revealing the 2017 European Railway Performance Index.

"Switzerland has excellent intensity of use, notably driven by passenger traffic. It also has a good rating for quality of service and a very good rating for safety," the report published for the third time by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), notes.

The country scored a rating of 7.2 overall (out of 10) after gaining top spot in 2015 and 2012.

The scores put Switzerland ahead of Denmark (6.8 points), Finland (6.6 points) and neighbor Germany (6.1).

At the bottom of the list is Bulgaria, with 1.9 points.

Switzerland achieved almost full marks in intensity of use, one of the three criteria assessed, but it dropped a bit in quality.

Here Finland and France were in front (both 2 points out of 3.3, Switzerland 1.8). For security, Denmark, Luxemburg, Britain and the Netherlands all fared better than Switzerland.

The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB in German) said in a statement it is happy about its position in the RPI.

"It shows that SBB's efforts to balance network access and maintenance work are bearing fruit. However, it is also an obligation to keep up the hard work," said the Swiss railways.

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