Study On Infrastructure Capacity Reserves For Combined Transport By 2015 27/09/04

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The aim of the study, commissioned by the Combined Transport Group (GTC) of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and supported by the International Union of Rail-Road Companies (UIRR), is to help identify the measures which should be taken by transport stakeholders (political decision-makers, railway undertakings, operators, infrastructure managers) to ensure the rail network and terminals can accommodate the increased demand for combined transport.

Methodologically, the capacity analysis was applied to 18 trans-European freight  corridors and 30 terminal areas to cover approximately 80% of the freight traffic on the European network.

With regard to the corridors the study performed the following tasks:


  • Snapshot of the 2002 situation in terms of volumes and in terms of the intermodal traffic structure.
  • Volume forecast and traffic structure by the 2015 time horizon.
  • Investigation into the enhancement investments scheduled or already in progress for the rail network and combined transport terminals by 2015.
  • Evaluation whether the 2015 infrastructure capacity (rail network, intermodal terminals) will be sufficient to absorb the increased demand for international combined transport.
  • Recommendations on additional enhancement investments, which would be required if, in 2015, infrastructure capacity were insufficient.
  • Recommendations on services and products, which should be implemented by intermodal actors to overcome infrastructure capacity limitations.

The study provides the first analysis of the combined transport sector since AT Kearney’s report in 1989.

Related documents
Summary DE EN FR
Final report EN