Rhine-Alpine Transport Study

17013
From 2017 to 2018
Within this Rhine-Alpine transport market study, we analyse the potential of the corridor in terms of modal shift from road to rail.  More specifically, we study the potential of the following 3 topics: heavier trains, faster trains, and more reliable trains.  Furthermore, we investigate how the competitiveness of rail freight services operated on the Rhine-Alpine corridor may benefit due to specific cost savings related to these topics. Amongst the models being used for this study is the rail corridor cost model, which has been developed in-house by researchers of Transport & Mobility Leuven.

Long description:
The first Transport Market Study (2013) showed that overcoming existing gaps and reaching the European TEN-T standard on the lines among the States that share the Rhine-Alpine corridor path could bring many potential benefits to Railway Undertakings.
As a follow up of this, the Rhine-Alpine Transport Market Study aims:
  1. To investigate the resilience of the rail freight service, in terms of modal shift potential mainly from road to rail on the Rhine-Alpine corridor related to three specific topics:
  • heavier trains: ideal train weight for 740m long trains;
  • faster trains: thanks to reduction of (non-commercial) stops;
  • more reliable trains, reaching higher punctuality standards and providing information on delayed trains (Estimated Time of Arrival)
  1. To investigate how the competitiveness of rail freight services operated on the Rhine-Alpine corridor may benefit due to specific cost savings related to these topics.
TML’s expertise:
As part of an international consortium conducting this project, TML will blend its expertise in the thematic areas relevant for the study with a deep knowledge of the Benelux region.
More specifically, TML combines its extensive state-of-the-art expertise with respect to data collection and data analysis with a thorough knowledge of freight traffic (all modes) and its vast experience in conducting ex-ante impact assessments, for example for rail connections.
Throughout the past decade, TML has been responsible for several rail projects, among which several market studies, a study on optimising the infrastructure fee, the development of a cost-benefit model and its update and several  cost benefit analyses.  Amongst the models being used for this study is the rail corridor cost model, which has been developed in house by researchers of TML.
 

Period

From 2017 to 2018

Client

EEIG

Partner

TRT, M-Five, Futures, Innovation, Economics, SSP CONSULT, Lucchini-Mariotta e Associati SA

Our team

Griet De Ceuster
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