In France, the three-quarters of the total tonnage of dangerous goods transported would be by road, 15% by rail and 3% by inland waterway, with pipeline transport accounting for a very small share. In 2009, 13.8 million tons of dangerous goods were transported by rail (79.4 Mt / road), i.e. 17% of rail freight; Transported 3 times out of 4 by whole trains, 95% of wagons being tank cars which transported 6 Mt of flammable liquids, 5.2 Mt of various chemicals and 2.6 Mt of compressed, liquefied or dissolved gases pressure. Discover in this fact sheet, an analysis of the accidentology of this transportation mode.
Date of the document: November 2011