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For many, the SPECTRUM project defies convention, when compared to traditional rail freight offerings.This was an intentional decision. Like every project there are times when compromise must be made; however it is the view of the coordinator that the decisions taken have been made on the basis of a robust market analysis and with the needs of the potential customer paramount. That SPECTRUM clearly identifies rail freight can grow market share and profitable added value business, through novel rail logistics systems, vehicles and technology, is a positive message.
That there is a potential market of 1.9bn tonnes of goods p.a. that can be targeted by these new rail services is a great opportunity. That these markets are amongst the highest value goods, with the highest potential returns, should be very attractive.The fact they have service level requirements above the norm for traditional rail logistics is a challenge that SPECTRUM has started to address and which future initiatives, by the partners and others, intend to solve.
It is generally recognised that road freight transport is less environmentally friendly than transport by rail or inland waterway, despite significant advances in vehicle technology leading to reductions in emissions and other improved measures. The European Commission has recognised this and aims to address it in the 2011 Transport White Paper that states a clear objective for a staged modal shift: current road freight, transported over 300 km, should shift to other modes such as rail or waterborne
fffffTom Zunder
Research Manager, Freight and Logistics NewRail, Newcastle University

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