Conditions for the promotion of a new generation of intermodal transport services and operators

The main objectives of the PROMOTIQ project were to identify the opportunities and the barriers for actors to evolve towards a new generation of door-to-door transport services and to propose guidelines for their promotion and their establishment in the market. The aim of a new generation of services and operators is to reduce friction costs, to favour modal integration and logistics operations along a chain and to improve the quality performance.

To achieve the general and partial objectives of the project, in the first part of the project six issues have been identified which are considered as most critical for the  intermodality development, in relation to the current
trends in the transport market:

1.  The role of the railways as traction providers;
2.  Short distances (<300 km) intermodal transport;
3.  Small shipments in intermodal transport;
4.  New quality market segments in intermodal transport;
5.  Integration of air transport into the intermodal transport chain;
6.  New trends in short sea-shipping.

The second part examined the opportunities for the emergence of a new generation of intermodal services and operators in the six market sectors identified in the first report, while the third examined the existing barriers for the actors to the promotion of new intermodal services and operators; it respectively studied the commercial, social, technical and operational and legal/regulatory barriers. Part four is based on the results of the previous parts of the project and clearly defined types of new intermodal services and operators and guidelines for their promotion within an implementation plan.

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