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transport, by 30% (2030) and by more than 50% by 2050. Rail freight’s actual performance in market share has been variable. At EU level, rail freight market share has consistently fallen, despite rising absolute volumes, with the new member states also exhibiting this downward trend.
A step change is required if rail freight is to arrest and indeed reverse this decline. In the global competitive market, shippers and consignees require a logistics service that offers reliable, consistent and precise movement and storage of goods.This requires systems, techniques and technology to achieve a step change and recover lost niches and conquer the unexploited markets of now.
Which markets should a novel rail offering target? Are there customers demanding service? Are there business opportunities that are proitable and can yield returns to attract investment and new ventures from existing rail companies and new entrepreneurs?
Can the rail network cope with increased demand? How can we squeeze more capacity from a congested and underinvested rail infrastructure? Does the possibility of mixed trafic with a freight train that behaves like a passenger train free up unused capacity, or does it conlict with the priority passenger services?
What kind of logistics operation is best suited to a new faster, time sensitive service with lower volumes but higher utilisation?
What systems can supply power and control to temperature controlled cargoes? How can a higher speed bogie be developed from passenger examples? To what extent can a new wagon be lighter, strong and also cope with additional mass in the form of a converter? How will cargoes be moved on and off the train? Can we service city logistics with a rail freight service that is compatible with small electric vans?
Will it be socially and economical beneicial? Will an entrepreneur be willing to invest money?
These are the questions SPECTRUM asks, and has answered. Read on to ind out more..
Tom Zunder

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