FREIGHT COMPLEXES. AN APPRAISAL OF THE ROLE OF FREIGHT COMPLEXES AND POSSIBLE APPROACHES TO DEVELOPMENT OF A NUMBER OF COMPLEXES IN THE UK

The study was undertaken to assess the future role of freight complexes in the United Kingdom and the form a network might take. This was in response to the conclusions of the LEC's earlier work on transhipment which suggested increased consolidation and other benefits might be achieved by bringing individual operators together into locations which offered first class access and ancillary facilities. The elements of such a complex are reviewed, the core element being modular design high throughput distribution and haulage depots in which an individual operator's space can be expanded or reduced relatively easily. The ancillary services included railhead, lorry and car parking, fuelling, vehicle servicing, plant hire, offices and return load bureau. The distribution depot is considered to be the key element in commercial terms though the ancillary facilities are important services in their own right and as means of attracting tenants for distribution. The possible networks of depots and the costs of such depots in serving the market are assessed. The locations selected are close to population concentration and existing demand for private depots and they are therefore also suited to attracting the private distribution depots market. The conclusions are that for the scale of markets identified complexes in seven locations could be justified. Existing proposals at London and Wakefield were compatible with this and the other broad locations were in the general vicinity of Warrington, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne Bristol, and Stourbridge.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lorries and the Environment Committee

    215 Great Portland Street
    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1978 12:00AM