With the advance of road transport, the volume of part-load freight carried by the DB became steadily less. In addition to the prospect of further losses in freight volume, it was feared that the DB would fail to achieve profitability in this sector in spite of the rationalization measures already adopted. In 1975-76 therefore, this traffic was reorganized. A "part-load freight system 400" was introduced which contained a package of correlated measures aimed at improving both market prospects and productivity within the organization. A further important element in the new system is close co-operation with the haulers in the collection and distribution sector at the sundries depots. The success is now clearly evident. The volume of traffic has been stabilized and is even increasing again. The productivity (expressed in tons carried per man), has increased by more than 60 per cent. At the same time, journey times have been reduced and a higher level of reliability achieved. Part-load freight is thus making a growing contribution to covering the total costs of the DB, and should now and in the long term have an assured place in the market and within the economic framework of the railway itself.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hestra Verlag

    Holzhofallee 33, Postfach 4244
    6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Konigsfeld, H
  • Publication Date: 1980-1


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00315135
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM