Swiss railways have been ranked the busiest in the world, figures from the International Union of Railways (ILU) have shown.
On average around 94 trains circulate on each line every day in Switzerland – one every 12 minutes - more than its nearest rival, Japan, where there are around 75 trains per line a day, or one every 14 minutes.
But the number of trains in use means Swiss railways are nearing saturation point, particularly on the suburban and major lines, and there is no room left to manoeuvre, the Swiss public transport information service said.
The information service, which released the figures, called for railway operators to keep developing networks and come up with ideas for renewing and enhancing their fleets of vehicles.
The Swiss also top the world table of the annual number of kilometres citizens travel by train each year.
The ILU figures are based on statistics from its members, which in Switzerland include the Swiss Federal Railways, BLS Lötschberg railway, BLS Cargo and Cisalpino.
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