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The potential of a pan European rail freight service using hub and spoke model

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dewan Islam, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD


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An efficient, competitive and sustainable freight service is at the heart of European Commission’s Transport Policy. There are many research and development initiatives at the national and European levels to achieve this policy. This paper is developed through research methods including in-depth state-of-the-art literature review, field surveys and interviews. This research adopted top-down and bottom-up analysis approach to identify the market potential and logistics requirements for a new pan European rail freight service. The bottom-up approach, based on interviews with potential users of the rail freight service, provides insights, characteristics, needs, requirements and the market potential within four market segments: dry and liquid bulk, specialized products, maritime containers and swap bodies. The analysis finds that there is sufficient demand for a new rail freight service along the proposed corridor. The bottom-up analysis supports the findings of the top-down modeling approach that there is enough market demand for running commercial rail freight services 2 to 8 times a week, provided diverse customer’s requirements are met. However, the commercial requirement suggests that the network based operation rather than corridor based approach will be more attractive and viable.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Islam DMZ, Zunder TH, Zomer G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Logistics and Transport

Year: 2010

Volume: 4

Issue: 2

Pages: 21-30

Print publication date: 01/10/2010

ISSN (electronic): 1906-0521

Publisher: New UM Ad. Co. Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand