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Charting the development of an innovative rail freight concept for low density high value goods from inception to design

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Ross Jackson, Dr Emmanuel Matsika


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This paper details the process of conceptualising a number of innovative rail freight logistics solutions for the transportation of Low Density High Value (LDHV) goods within the EU. The concept works towards the European Commission’s 2011 Transport White Paper objectives; to shift 30% of current road freight, transported over 300 km, to other modes, such as rail or waterborne transport, by 2030 and more than 50 % by 2050. This research combines qualitative and quantitative methods. Qualitative methods include interviews with logistics service providers. Quantitative methods incorporate a transport demand model and targeted online surveys. Five sets of requirements for the transport of LDHV goods by rail are identified as: market, operational, capacity management, cargo handling and vehicle .Identification of these requirements culminates in the formulation of a design brief for a logistics concept where freight railway vehicles run in conjunction with passenger vehicles supported by faster transhipment technologies for quicker door-to-door delivery of LDHV goods.

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Author(s): Zunder TH, Jackson R, Matsika E

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 5th Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 1-10

Online publication date: 17/04/2014

Acceptance date: 14/04/2014

Publisher: IFSTTAR