Publication:

Rail Freight Services, Policy and Practice (2012)

Author(s): Marinov M, Zunder T, Mortimer P

    Abstract: The environmental benefits of transporting freight by rail are well known and realized by authorities such as the European Commission. The rail freight sector cannot, however, afford to sit on its environmental laurels and expect traffic which has not used rail to fall automatically to it as a consequence of these items. Instead, prompt actions to increase efficiency based on logistics principles are needed. In this paper we provide an open discussion on rail freight services, policy and practice, constraints, opportunities and solutions with a special emphasis on the current situation in Europe and the UK. Specifically we elaborate on imminent questions such as whether intermodal freight services could be a good solution and in what cases; If a new rail freight system is about to be designed, what should be the orthodox wisdom to follow?; could Single Wagons Load be commercially effective and competitive and the like.

      • Date: 02-04-2012
      • Journal: World Transport Policy & Practice
      • Volume: 18
      • Issue: 2
      • Pages: 30-38
      • Publisher: Eco-Logica Ltd.
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: rail freight, CO2 emissions, environment, rail services, policy, practice

      Staff

      Dr Marin Marinov
      Rail Education Group Manager

      Tom Zunder
      Rail Freight & Logistics Research Group Manager