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Issue 4/ 2014, article 1

Authors: Norbert Wagener

Title: INTERMODAL TRANSPORT IN EUROPE - OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH INNOVATION

Keywords: Intermodal Transport Markets, Multimodal Transport, Combined Transport; Freight Corridors, Container Transport, Non-crane able trailers, Innovation

Abstract:

Background: Freight transport volume in ton-km in OECD countries will grow considerably up to 150 to 230 % in 2050 compared to 2010. Although the EU policy aims to shift 30% of road freight over 300 km to other modes such as rail or waterborne transport by 2030 the recent trends show a stable modal split of road at approx. 75%. Conventional intermodal transport on the major European routes has shown a steady but only limited organic growth through recent years. Therefore, new innovative concepts for intermodal transport and for the shift from road to rail are needed.

Methods: Definitions of intermodal transport have been clarified and the development of combined transport in Europe and in Germany and Poland in particular has been analyzed on the basis of available data sources. New innovative concepts for intermodal transport have been identified on the basis of desk research, recent relevant projects (RETRACK, SCANDRIA, Rail Baltica) and market intelligence.

Results: The analysis leads to the conclusion that new innovative concepts in intermodal transport comprise new forms of organization as well as new technologies and new routes. The following three innovations to facilitate the shift from road to rail by intermodal transport are being introduced and discussed: multimodal operation of ocean carriers in maritime hinterland transportation, innovative handling technologies for non-crane able trainers and freight corridors for long distance intermodal transport within the TEN-T network and on the Europe-Asia corridor.

Conclusions: Further accelerated growth in the shift from road to rail through intermodal transport requires new innovative concepts beyond the traditional combined transport in Western Europe. Three promising innovative concepts have been introduced. Further research is needed and should be focused on financial and economic appraisal as well as on the effectiveness of state intervention policies. 

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For citation:

MLA Wagener, Norbert. "INTERMODAL TRANSPORT IN EUROPE - OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH INNOVATION." Logforum 10.4 (2014): 1.
APA Norbert Wagener (2014). INTERMODAL TRANSPORT IN EUROPE - OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH INNOVATION. Logforum 10 (4), 1.
ISO 690 WAGENER, Norbert. INTERMODAL TRANSPORT IN EUROPE - OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH INNOVATION. Logforum, 2014, 10.4: 1.
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