At the end of 2013, the International Union of Railways (UIC) issued its
yearly report on Railway Accidents in Europe. The UIC Safety Database has been collecting data since 2001 and now contains data from 21 European UIC member railways. 4.1 million train-kilometres in the year 2012 were operated on the networks, carrying 7.5 billion passengers and 1 billion tonnes of freight.
The database managed by the Safety Unit aims to create an inventory of information containing not only accident statistics, but comprehensive detail about causes, circumstances and consequences of accidents.
Rail Transport is the safest land transport mode and continuously improves its safety. The efforts of the UIC Safety Database Members to optimise the safety level in all fields of railway operation have led to a 21% decrease in fatalities since 2006.
The UIC Safety Database Report is available at: http://safetydb.uic.org