In the current situation, national rail freight networks, inland waterway networks and intermodal freight terminals are dealt with in a non-coordinated way. From the perspective of infrastructure, flows and governance, more coordination and integration between these separate networks is needed in order to develop a competitive alternative to road freight transport. I will discuss certain aspects of flows (such as inland ports and terminals characteristics and performance) and governance (of innovations, transport cost and inland ports) to show how improvements in flows and governance could contribute more to network integration.
Dr. Bart Wiegmans is Senior Researcher at the department Transport and Planning, group freight transport and transport networks at the Technical University of Delft. He used to be former OTB Section Coordinator of the Research Group Transport and Infrastructure TU Delft. He completed his undergraduate studies in Regional and Transport Economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1996). He received his Doctorate in Transport Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2003). As a Researcher and Manager he has worked on numerous studies concerning, (intermodal) freight transport, infrastructure, ports, and terminals. His main interests are in research and methodologies in efficiencies, cost and simulating impacts of new technologies in intermodal freight transport.
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