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Rail Freight Services, Policy and Practice

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



The environmental benefits of transporting freight by rail are well known and realized by authorities such as the European Commission. The rail freight sector cannot, however, afford to sit on its environmental laurels and expect traffic which has not used rail to fall automatically to it as a consequence of these items. Instead, prompt actions to increase efficiency based on logistics principles are needed. In this paper we provide an open discussion on rail freight services, policy and practice, constraints, opportunities and solutions with a special emphasis on the current situation in Europe and the UK. Specifically we elaborate on imminent questions such as whether intermodal freight services could be a good solution and in what cases; If a new rail freight system is about to be designed, what should be the orthodox wisdom to follow?; could Single Wagons Load be commercially effective and competitive and the like.

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: World Transport Policy & Practice

Year: 2012

Volume: 18

Issue: 2

Pages: 30-38

Print publication date: 02/04/2012

Date deposited: 06/09/2011

ISSN (print): 1352-7614

Publisher: Eco-Logica Ltd.