An attempt is made to consider future trends for bulk freight by analysing data on goods lifted, by commodity and length of haul, for the two modes: road and rail. In reviewing the present and future state of competition between the two modes two aspects are considered: the transport developments by mode and the industrial developments by the various commodity groups. The two greatest influences on the development of bulk road transport have been the development of a trunk road network and the increased use of larger vehicles. The major factor likely to increase the attractiveness of road transport would be an increase in maximum permitted vehicle load, this appears unlikely in the short term and together with legislation restricting drivers working hours to 8 hours a day by 1981 and increases in real fuel costs it is felt that there could be a switch to rail for some commodities. The future prospects for rail are said to be brighter. The prospects for transport charges are considered separately for each of the freight consuming industries i.e. food, drink and tobacco; building materials; iron & steel; chemicals; petrol and petroleum products.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ian Allan Limited

    Terminal House
    Shepperton, Middlesex  England  TW17 8AS
  • Authors:
    • Lefevre, C N
    • Cooper, G P
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 222-225
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00315147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM