The Significance of the Urban Context for the Sustainability Performance of Intermodal Road-rail Transport
Journal article, 2012

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the implications of the urban context for the sustainability performance of intermodal road-rail transport (IRRT). By calculating the external costs of a road transport and an intermodal alternative of consolidated cargo between a freight forwarder's consolidation terminals, the paper shows that the environmental benefits of a modal shift depend on the relative location of the intermodal terminal and shipper and receiver in the spatial structure. A careful integration of the intermodal terminal in the urban spatial structure is therefore a necessity if IRRT is to contribute to the sustainable development of the freight sector.


Urban transport

Pre-and post haulage


Modal shift

Intermodal transport


Sönke Behrends

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Logistics & Transportation

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences

1877-0428 (ISSN)

Vol. 54 375-386

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Economics and Business



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