Intermodal developments

Co-modal transport

Developments associated with the notion of co-modality (optimal use of all modes of transport singly and in combination) are aimed  to reshape the EU transport market as is currently known. However, this implies that the stakeholders will need to develop a deeper knowledge of the transportation corridors and to exploit technical frameworks enabling transport operators, shippers/ freight forwarders, customs and other government administrations to seamlessly exchange information.

According to EIRAC’S  Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda 2020, the intermodal transport system needs to be:

  Seamless: barriers of modal exchange at nodes are minimised
  Reliable : deliveries are punctual and commodities are undamaged
  Available : door to door services are provided 24X7, and Europe-wide
  Accessible : customers deal with one stop shops / single entry points
  Secure: commodities get into the hands of those entitled to receive them, and no intrusions are possible;
  Sustainable : built to last and strikes the right balance between the cost to the customer and achieving the overall objectives of society
 Accountable : customers have a contract with one party responsible for performance during transport
 Affordable : intermodal transport is in the position to offer competitive prices to customers and sufficient profits to operators and investors
  Transparent : all stakeholders understand the relation between public costs and market prices (per infra / slot / facility / commodity).