Rail Freight and Logistics Group

ContainersManaged by Tom Zunder this innovative research group has enabled NewRail to become a leading research partner investigator in many European funded freight research projects.

A competitive, efficient, reliable and above all sustainable freight transport system can be achieved through intermodal and co-modal where road and rail will compete as well as complement, thereby increasing capacity, reducing the number of accidents involving citizens and also improving their quality of life through a better environment. As a comprehensive solution, it is essential to look at door-to-door scenarios including urban freight and last mile issues. The research activities of the Rail Freight and Logistics Group have been focusing on a number of specialised areas:

  • Intermodal rail freight issues
  • Innovative rail freight vehicle concepts
  • Port centric logistics
  • Rail operations issues
  • Telematic control & monitoring of freight
  • The regulatory framework relating to freight
  • Urban freight issues

The Rail Freight and Logistics Group (RFAL) is currently involved as a partner in the following EU funded projects:

RFAL also coordinated the two recently completed EU funded projects:

RFAL has participated in many successfully completed EU funded projects, the most recent of which are listed below. From online logistics benchmarking tools and an intermodal route finder, to eFreight issues and an internet platform for cargo, by way of best practices in road, rail and urban freight solutions, our work encompasses rail, urban logistics, green corridors and clean vehicles, as we research the implications of the EC's aims to increase rail freight capacity and encourage sustainable distribution. Our research focuses on a number of specialised areas, including the fast-growing sustainability agenda for cities of the future.

Teaching activities

RFAL is involved in postgraduate teaching of the MSc in Rail Freight and Logistics including modules:


Downloadable leaflet on the Rail Freight and Logistics Group (505Kb PDF)