The modal shift potential of intermodal line-Trains from a haulier's perspective: Drivers and barriers in the mode choice process
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

The purpose of this paper is to identify drivers and barriers to the usage of intermodal line-Trains in the hauliers' decision-making process, assuming viable line-Train services exist. In a multiple case study, the operations of four hauliers contracted by two forwarders for the domestic transport of consolidated cargo in Sweden are assessed. The results indicate that hauliers face significant obstacles for outsourcing the long-distance haulage to rail. The main barriers are a vehicle fleet that is not adapted for rail, small transport volumes and congestion on terminal access roads. Hence, in the current industry structure the modal shift potential for consolidated cargo is limited. Alternative business models may be needed to reach transport volumes that allow efficient haulage operations, which in turn may lead to reduced business for road hauliers.

haulier

modal shift

case-study

pre-and post haulage

decision making

intermodal transport

freight

Sweden

sustainable transport

drayage

line-Train

Författare

Sönke Behrends

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research

1749-4729 (ISSN) 1749-4737 (eISSN)

Vol. 5 369-386

Ämneskategorier

Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Styrkeområden

Transport

DOI

10.1504/WRITR.2015.076925