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Short Haul Rail Freight Services

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marin Marinov, Philip Mortimer, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Dr Dewan Islam



This paper aims to demonstrate that short haul rail freight services could be tenable and would present market opportunities which conventional wisdom has dismissed. A desk top analysis and case study research unveiling the current situation in the UK have been conducted that concluded that there could be benefits to rail freight companies and train operators/owners if they provide short distance rail freight services for regular operations, short notice and spot traffic categories. The paper also touches briefly upon existing classes of models for supporting managerial decisions for rail freight questioning the fact that up-to-date models and methods are required to help railway freight operators improve their operational efficiency. At the end the paper draws conclusions and identifies avenues for further research.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Marinov M, Mortimer P, Zunder T, Islam D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: RELIT - Revista de Literatura dos Transportes

Year: 2011

Volume: 5

Issue: 1

Pages: 136-153

Date deposited: 25/01/2011

ISSN (electronic): 2177-1065

Publisher: Rede de Pesquisas em Transportes