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Logistics Requirement for Commercial Rail Freight Services in Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dewan Islam


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Freight transport is crucial for economic competitiveness for any country or region. In Europe freight transport volume has increased substantially, but rail freight has increased insignificantly (9.2%) in contrast to huge increase of road freight (37.9%) over the period 1995-2005. European transport policy focuses on sustainable but competitive market. Even being generally environmentally favourable, rail could not increase its market share due to failure to deliver key customer requirements: reliability, quality of service, a door-to-door service and cost. With the adoption of new EC ‘Co-modal’ policy, modal shift is no longer a goal in itself, we should utilise the different modes or combination of modes in the best possible way. Thus there is an urgent need to investigate the rail potential and thus suggest logistics necessity for rail freight services in a commercial, competitive, secure and sustainable fashion. In line with this policy objective, this paper reports the findings of a literature review and 21 in-depth interviews among the stakeholders along the rail corridor between Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Constanza in Romania. The study applied a top down and bottom up analysis approach. The study finds that the corridor has a huge potential to start a rail freight service in the corridor with a frequency of 2 to 8 times per week dependiong on the number of stops.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zomer G, Islam D

Editor(s): Andrew C. Lyons

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Logistics Research Nework 2008 Conference Proceedings

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 109-114

Publisher: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport , UK

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781904564003