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Key Issues for Commercial Rail Freight Service in Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Dr Dewan Islam, Philip Mortimer


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The objective of European Commission funded RETRACK project is to conduct research to develop, demonstrate and implement a commercially rail freight service along the East-West corridor from Constanza to Rotterdam traversing the five national railway networks. The authors have conducted state-of-the-art literature review and field surveys for this. The paper assesses the current status of rail freight along the RETRACK (details on corridor in terms of transhipment technology and systems, information and communication systems, safety and security of cargo, rolling stock and locomotives, human resources, legislative and regulatory status, and command and control systems. The study finds that all of national networks vary in terms of terminal technology and systems, capacity and utilisation, ICT, security of cargo, human resource competence, training requirements, infrastructure capacity and utilisation, and signalling systems. Overall the demonstration of a commercial rail freight service on the corridor will be feasible, competitive, and environmentally benign and will help achieving the long-aspired modal shift.

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Author(s): Zunder T, Islam D, Mortimer P

Editor(s): Andrew C Lyons

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Logistics Research Network 2008 Conference Proceedings

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 127-132

Publisher: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport , UK

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781904564003