An attempt is made to show that with minimum investment in the existing rail links from the midlands to Southampton and the haven ports, the need for more massive investment in constructing environmentally damaging motorways can be avoided. The rail/freight alternative can bring significant benefits in energy, economic and environmental terms and still provide the vitally necessary routes to the ports for midlands industry. This document is set out in two major parts. The first concerns itself with the midlands - Southampton route, the second with the route to the haven ports and each part is concluded with an appendix showing the benefits achievable by the adoption of road/rail integration. The comparison made in each case is between development of an all trunk road haulage scheme with associated motorway construction and a system using road for local distribution and rail for the trunk haul from the midlands to the ports. Consideration is given to construction of freight concentration/integration (transfer) depots, and to the high capacity, high speed rail freight vehicles required, which would initially be diesel hauled, though the ultimate aim should be full electrification of the routes. For the purpose of the study it is assumed 100% transfer of traffic; quite clearly a lower percentage transfer to the road/rail integration mode would still achieve significant benefits and should be pursued with vigour.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport 2000 West Midlands Group

    11 Brockthorpe Drive
    Wolverhampton, Wille,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1977-10-18


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1978 12:00AM