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Urban freight movement by rail

Author(s): Marin Marinov | Federico Giubilei | Mareike Gerhardt | Tolgahan Özkan | Evgenia Stergiou | Mihaela Papadopol | Luis Cabecinha

Journal: Journal of Transport Literature
ISSN 2238-1031

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 87;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: urban freight | movement | rail transport | case studies | city logistics

This paper explores the idea of using existing urban and suburban rail networks for distributing and delivering goods in cities. Six case studies are discussed, where four of them have already been implemented in European cities: Amsterdam, Dresden, Paris and Zurich. A description of TruckTrain® solutions is provided. The Newcastle metro potential to transport freight is also analysed. This paper concludes that urban freight by rail is a feasible concept, because it brings some advantages, essentially a reduction of congestions, emissions and traffic in cities.
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