European Freight Transport Markets

European freight transport markets have experienced a sharp increase which is expected to continue well into the future. This increase can be attributed to several factors such as global sourcing, removal of customs and tariff barriers and a drop in end-product costs previously taken up by transport costs. Despite the increase in freight traffic, the rail freight sector has decreased in freight transport market share. The reasons for this decrease are the specificities of the railway systems, such as scheduling constraints, lengthy order processing, high costs relating to part-load and individual wagonload traffic, problems with infrastructure and awkward organizational structure and decision making levels. This paper examines several ways the rail freight industry can work with intermodal and intramodal infrastructure such as expanded and large scale cooperation between freight railways and operational management to provide more flexible operation of rolling stock, end the traditional vertical integration of rail infrastructure which only restricts innovation and continues monopolies, and encourage cooperation based integration of intermodal infrastructure in order to better meet the very real increases in freight transport demand.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Bibliography; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 5-26
  • Monograph Title: European Integration of Rail Freight Transport

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051452
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9282113191
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2007 11:07AM