Logistics by rail: is this the key to more sustainable traffic policies in Northern Germany?

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Despite the fact that Germany has a well- expanded traffic infrastructure, the country con-fronts a strong growth in freight volumes and it is very likely that in the forthcoming yearsit will not be able to reasonably cope with the increasing demand. Against this back-ground, the aim of this paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of the transport sector in North Germany in an effort to identify, if any, the possibilities of collapse as a result of the continuous increase in the demand of freight traffic. The research based on the DelphiTechnique, collects, analyses and summarizes the opinions of a group of experts in theaforementioned issues. Results indicate that railways could represent the solution to theforecasted growing freight volumes in the next years, not only in Germany, but also in thewhole European transport sector. In spite of continuous efforts undertaken by the politicsand the economy, the existing logistics and freight traffic concepts are not sufficient. Fi-nancing is too scarce; traffic concepts take issues like sustainability, environment protec-tion and working conditions into little consideration.

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Publication date2009
Publication titleHigh-performance logistics : methods and technologies
EditorsThorsten Blecker, Hatem Aldarrat
Place of PublicationBerlin (DE)
PublisherErich Schmidt
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-3-503-12048-2
Original languageEnglish

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NameOperations and technology management


  • logistics, transportation , rail, sustainability, policy, Germany

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