Utilising more of the loading space in intermodal line trains – measures and decision support
Journal article, 2013

The focus of this article is to identify, characterise and qualitatively evaluate the existing measures for increasing the utilisation of loading space in intermodal road-rail freight line trains. Normally, these trains operate like intercity passenger trains, because they make short unit load transhipment stops along rail corridors in order to travel comparatively small and short flows. The measures for loading space utilisation include adapting the train’s capacity, changing the departure times, altering the train routes and sending trucks to different terminals as well as replacing rail transport with trucks. Some of the measures require improved information sharing, and executives can strengthen the effect of the measures by adding decision support systems and price incentives to transport buyers.

space utilisation

Booking system

intermodal freight transport

yield management

transport planning


Johan Woxenius

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Jan Persson

Paul Davidsson

Computers in Industry

0166-3615 (ISSN)

Vol. 64 2 146-154

Subject Categories

Other Mechanical Engineering

Business Administration



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