Urban Freight Distribution by Short-distance Combined Transport



Urban Freight Distribution by Short-distance Combined Transport

Authors

VAN BINSBERGEN A J and VISSER, J G S N, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Description

Freight distribution in urban areas is essential for the prosperity of these areas, but meanwhile a lot of problems are generated. Congestion, noise, emissions, energy-use and a decline in traffic safety form the counter effects of urban distribution (Van

Abstract

Freight distribution in urban areas is essential for the prosperity of these areas, but meanwhile a lot of problems are generated. Congestion, noise, emissions, energy-use and a decline in traffic safety form the counter effects of urban distribution (Van Binsbergen & Visser, 1995). Due to the characteristics of most urban road-networks, these roads are exceptionally vulnerable for congestion. Freight traffic experiences much hindrance: delays occur and scheduled times cannot be achieved. The accessibility problems weaken the key-role of urban centres in the society. Edge-city developments, as in the United States, take place. These developments increase the dependency of the car and are, from societies point of view, not acceptable. Therefore, the distribution processes must be made more efficient.

Publisher

Association for European Transport