Development in relevant markets
Demand for train-path grew almost constantly prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, with passenger transport being able to compensate for the decline in freight transport. As a result of the pandemic, demand for train-path fell significantly. The positive development in passenger transport at the beginning of 2020 was due, among other things, to additional services in long-distance transport and to the expansion of services as part of the revision of the regionalization funds.
The economic slowdown of last year continued in the first quarter of 2020 in freight transport, with the result that demand for train-path declined. Covid-19-related adjustments in industrial production have intensified the economic downturn.
The number of station stops in regional rail passenger transport sank by 4.7% mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The share of non-Group railways continued to rise.