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The potential of low density high value rail freight market in Europe

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


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The objective of this paper is to assess the market potential of rail freight transport for low density, high value (LDHV) goods. The research combines top down and bottom up approaches. The top down analysis consists primarily of a transport demand modelling exercise, which assesses the demand for LDHV goods by road as a specific target market for new innovative rail freight concepts. The transport demand assessment presented in this paper is based on the previous research work of ETISplus and iTREN projects. The bottom up approach collects market intelligence through ten interviews with shippers and operators, with a view to identifying the potential barriers to market. The research finds that 12% of the current EU 27 and Switzerland (CH) road freight market falls within the research definition of LDHV goods transported over distances of 200km or more. Currently, however, this significant market potential is severely constrained by rail infrastructure capacity and a lack of terminals. Despite these constraints, a new rail freight service, offering a more competitive service in terms of reliability, cost, flexibility and transit time, is anticipated to enable a modal shift and match the level of service currently demonstrated by road.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jackson R, Islam DMZ, Zunder TH, Schoemaker J, Dasburg N

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 13th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR)

Year of Conference: 2013

Publisher: World Conference on Transport Research Society