REPORT OF THE TWENTY-FIRST ROUND TABLE ON TRANSPORT ECONOMICS, HELD IN PARIS ON 1ST AND 2ND FEBRUARY 1973 ON: A STUDY OF THE ECONOMIC INFLUENCE OF CONTAINERISATION ON TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

High capacity containers have been the most significant development in merchandise transport since the invention of the motor truck. Despite the early promise of the container in resolving the road/rail interchange problem, progress in the "container revolution" has fallen below many early expectations. The purpose of the first part of this report is to describe and evaluate the experience of British rail in the field of container services and to discuss its implications for developments elsewhere in Europe. The freightliner system and its competition with the road haulage industry is described. Also discussed is the extension of the freightliner network to include maritime terminals. The discussion document which follows examines the lessons to be learned from the freightliner experiment and highlights the problems associated with it. It was concluded that the container technique requires very strict managerial organisation concentrating its efforts on three critical activities: a market orientated approach; tight control of performance; effective asset management. It was also felt that the development of container transport needed government support during the initial stages. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    2, rue André Pascal
    Paris,   France  75775 Paris Cedex 16
  • Authors:
    • Joy, S
  • Publication Date: 1974

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 77 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EMCT Round Table #21Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM