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Green Rail Transportation : Improving Rail Freight to Support Green Corridors

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paulus AditjandraORCiD, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Dr Dewan Islam, Professor Roberto Palacin


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The objective of this chapter is to illustrate the current state of European rail freight research and how this can improve rail freight to support green and sustainable transport, as promoted by the governments of the European Union (EU). Since much of EU policy is based on EU funded research, a review of such rail- and freight-related research, carried out over the past 20 years under the EU/EC framework programmes, will help to contextualize the challenges faced in promoting the governance of green corridors. International rail freight systems, improvement of rail-road modal transfer points, unexploited markets, vehicle design, train productivity, energy use, signalling and governance of multimodal corridors, are all discussed. We argue that green corridors, as a strategic freight transport policy, can only realistically be implemented alongside improvements to the long distance transportation sector, where rail becomes the backbone network of land surface transportation. Additionally, with the trend towards urbanization, where road would serve pretty much the last mile freight operation, a reliable, efficient, safe and environmentally sound inter-urban long distance rail freight system is needed, to support economic growth and to maintain the quality of life of every EU citizen.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Aditjandra PT, Zunder TH, Islam DMZ, Palacin R

Editor(s): Psaraftis, HN

Series Editor(s): Price, CC; Zhu, J

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Green Transportation Logistics : The Quest for Win-Win Solutions

Year: 2016

Volume: 226

Pages: 413-454

Print publication date: 14/08/2015

Online publication date: 21/07/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Series Title: International Series in Operations Research & Management Science

Publisher: Springer

Place Published: Cham, Switzerland


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17175-3

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ISBN: 9783319171746