Development of an Innovative Rail-Road Transport Network for Pallet-Based Freight

  • Christian W. Flotzinger (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Within the field of cargo transport, multimodal transport in general and the bimodal rail-road processes in particular have so far contributed rather insignificantly to the reduction of road traffic volume. This is the result of limited capacities concerning terminals, the necessity of special reloading devices which entail high investment costs and time losses, as well as wide spread scepticism regarding adherence to delivery dates, traceability of consignments and flexibility of intermodal transport. The research project PalletFlow has the goal to develop and implement an intelligent and innovative rail-road transport system based on pallets and unit-load cargo in order to overcome these problems. Therefore one of the main objectives is to develop a reloading process for combined rail and road transport that will make Co-modality more competitive in comparison to road transport with taking market share from trucks. This should support the EU policy of balancing the modal split between road and rail freight transport. The PalletFlow project is transnational and consists of two national consortiums with two leading research institutes and a total of seven companies.
Period3 Sept 2010
Event titleHICL 2010 - Hamburg International Conference of Logistics
Event typeConference
LocationHamburg, GermanyShow on map