GOODS TRANSPORT IN ETAREA

A DESCRIPTION IS PRESENTED OF PLANS FOR ETAREA, A SATELLITE TOWN OF PRAGUE, THEY INCORPORATE A UNIQUE APPROACH TO THE RELATED PROBLEMS OF STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS WITHIN URBAN AREAS. ALL JINCOMING GOODS WILL BE DELIVERED BY ROAD OR RAIL, AND POSSIBLY IN THE FUTURE BY WATER, TO A CENTRAL STORAGE COMPLEX. GOODS FOR THE RETAIL TRADE ARE DISTRIBUTED FROM THIS CENTRAL STORE BY AUTOMATED TRAINS PULLED BY BATTERY-POWERED TRUCKS, EACH TRAIN HAVING A CAPACITY OF 8.75 TONS. THE TRAINS, WHICH RUN IN A NETWORK OF UNDERGROUND TUNNELS, 2 X 2.5 METERS IN CROSS SECTION, ARE GUIDED BY AN OPTICAL SENSING SYSTEM. THE UNDERGROUND NETWORK COMPRISES 3 MAIN ROUTES WITH BRANCHES SERVING THE INDIVIDUAL CENTERS. SECONDARY STORAGE FACILITIES ARE PLANNED FOR EACH OF THE 14 RETAIL CENTERS WHERE UNIT LOADS RECEIVED FROM THE MAIN STORAGE CENTER ARE SUBDIVIDED FOR RETAIL SALE. ONE OF THE PROPOSED METHODS OF RETAIL DISTRIBUTION PROVIDES FOR THE FULLY AUTOMATED DELIVERY OF GOODS FROM THE RETAIL CENTERS DIRECT TO THE CONSUMER'S HOUSEHOLD. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED BY MEANS OF A PNEUMATIC TUBE SYSTEM. ORDERS WILL BE PLACED BY DIALING THE CODE NUMBER ASSIGNED TO THE REQUIRED ITEM, GIVEN IN, A CATALOGUE OF AVAILABLE GOODS. PROVIDED THAT THE CUSTOMERS ACCOUNT IS IN CREDIT THE ORDER WILL BE ACCEPTED AND THE GOODS AUTOMATICALLY DISPATCHED FROM THE LOCAL CENER; DELIVERY IS ESTIMATED TO TAKE BETWEEN 2.5 AND 11.5 MINUTES DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE OF THE CUSTOMER'S HOUSE FROM THE CENER. THE SAME SYSTEM IS UTILIZED FOR THE DELIVERY OF REGULAR ORDERS FOR SUCH ITEMS AS NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES AS WELL AS FOR MAIL AND FOR THE REMOVAL OF HOUSEHOLD REFUSE. IN ADDITION TO THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM EACH RETAIL CENTER WILL HAVE OVER-THE-COUNTER, SELF-SERVICE AND SLOT MACHINE FACILITIES FOR THE SALE OF GOODS. ALL PROPOSALS FOR GOODS STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION PLANNED FOR ETAREA ARE BASED ON EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES.

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  • Pagination: p. 151-76
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  • Accession Number: 00202413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 15 1974 12:00AM