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Investigating freight corridors towards low carbon economy: evidence from the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paulus AditjandraORCiD, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Dr Dewan Islam, Eero Vanaale



The objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of whether a freight corridor concept, as promoted by the EU TEN-T initiative, is feasible and sound and can be promoted to reduce the environmental (greenhouse gas) impact of long distance freight operation. Research has been conducted to investigate the characteristics of freight corridors across the European Union. This paper reports the analysis of freight corridor links from the UK and Ireland to Duisburg, Germany. This analysis is based on desktop research and interviews with UK freight operators. The findings suggest that the corridor is relatively green and, by its use, has the potential to attract greener freight flow. The key barriers are capacity bottlenecks on road and rail. We found that key improvement opportunities to promote the use of the green corridors are: the uptake of Channel Tunnel surplus capacity; released capacity on rail due to the planned high speed lines; better train management systems and the development of cleaner road transport.

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Author(s): Aditjandra PT, Zunder TH, Islam DMZ, Vanaale E

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Transport Research Arena Europe

Year of Conference: 2012

ISSN: 1877-0428

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.1161

Notes: Published in Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, v. 48 p. 1865-1876.

Series Title: Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences