SAVINGS IN TRANSPORTS: THE RAILWAYS' TRUMP CARDS

ECONOMIES DANS LES TRANSPORTS: LES FORMIDABLES ATOUTS DU RAIL

Among the sources of energy which will replace traditional resources, hydraulic and nuclear energy are in the fore. As they are usable only once they are transformed into electricity, they are one of the major trump cards held by the railways. Indeed at the moment the railway represents only 6% of the total consumption of energy obtained from oil and used for transport. In the case of a serious crisis they would have to double their transport of goods and increase their passenger traffic by 50%, as figures prove that rail is the transport mode that constitutes least energy per gep (gramme equivalent petrole - gram equivalent petrol) per seat and km, and per ton and kilometer. Additional savings in the use of railways could be made through the construction of new high-speed electrified lines, the application of new techniques to improve energy output, the development of container transport, and the development of urban public transport. It appears therefore desirable to favour the development of railways, the role of which is and will remain of prime importance.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ofermat

    38 rue la Bruyere
    75009 Paris,   France 
  • Publication Date: 1980-3-4

Language

  • French

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 6-10
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM