Importance of roads

Published on 14 February 2008
Lorry delviery to a warehouse
Lorry delviery to a warehouse
(Photo USIRF)

In France, roads are the most important means of transport for both feight and passengers.

The road dominates both passenger and freight transport. In France, the roads carry 90% of passenger transport, a percentage that has varied little over the last 20 years.

Passenger transport is measured by multiplying the number of passengers by the number of kilometres travelled. In France’s case we arrive at the figure of 745 billion passenger kilometres.

If we measure freight transport in a similar way, for 1996 we obtain the figure of 214 billion tonne kilometres, i.e. 80 % of all freight transport.

The distribution of transport between the different modes is unlikely to change radically in the near future.

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