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Is large technological investment really a solution for a major shift to rail?: A discussion based on a Mediterranean freight corridor case-study
Univ Lisbon, Inst Super Tecn, CERIS CESUR, Av Rovisco Pais 1, P-1049001 Lisbon, Portugal.;Univ Porto, Dept Fis & Astron, Fac Ciencias, Rua Campo Alegre 687, P-4169007 Porto, Portugal.;Univ Porto, Ctr Fis Porto, Fac Ciencias, Rua Campo Alegre 687, P-4169007 Porto, Portugal..
Univ Lisbon, Inst Super Tecn, CERIS CESUR, Av Rovisco Pais 1, P-1049001 Lisbon, Portugal..
Univ Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, Master Transports Int 2, 90 Rue Tolbiac, F-75013 Paris, France..
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Transport planning. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, The KTH Railway Group.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2415-9676
2021 (English)In: Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management, ISSN 2210-9706, E-ISSN 2210-9714, Vol. 19, article id 100271Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to assess how the introduction of technological innovations into a capacity constrained rail corridor may increase its ability to capture market share from road transport. The Montpellier-Perpignan section, a bottle-neck in the Mediterranean corridor, is used as a case study for the effects of implementing new rolling stock that allows for freight trains up to 1500 m, a new ballastless track replacing existing one, resilient switches and crossings, and monitoring systems that allow for a reduction in maintenance costs and closure times. The results of a cost-benefit analysis show positive net impacts, however, the increases in capacity are only enough to maintain current rail freight market shares. Evidence suggests that a heavy investment in technology in existing lines is not the most effective way to increase rail market share.

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Elsevier BV , 2021. Vol. 19, article id 100271
Keywords [en]
European rail freight corridor, Rail infrastructure upgrade, Cost-benefit analysis
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-302681DOI: 10.1016/j.jrtpm.2021.100271ISI: 000694710000003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85113640508OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-302681DiVA, id: diva2:1604544
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Available from: 2021-10-20 Created: 2021-10-20 Last updated: 2023-12-05Bibliographically approved

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