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Appropriate indicators of rail freight activity and market share: a review of UK practice and recommendations for change

Woodburn, Allan G. (2007) Appropriate indicators of rail freight activity and market share: a review of UK practice and recommendations for change. Transport Policy, 14 (1). pp. 59-69. ISSN 0967-070X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2006.09.002

Abstract

Growth in rail freight activity features strongly in contemporary transport policy at both the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) scale. Specifically, the British government set an 80 per cent growth target between 2000 and 2010, with lower (but still substantial) growth estimates being identified in late-2005. This paper assesses the appropriateness of the forms of measurement adopted for rail freight activity and argues that achieving stated growth targets or estimates will not necessarily mean that policies encouraging modal shift from road to rail have succeeded. Additional or alternative means of monitoring the level of rail freight activity are discussed, since this is an issue of fundamental importance to policy implementation and evaluation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rail Freight, Mode Share, Policy Evaluation, Transport Indicators
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:3808
Deposited On:10 May 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:31

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