LRN 2016 SPECIAL – high capacity vehicles and modal shift from rail to road: combining macro and micro analyses

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This paper addresses a road transport policy of allowing high capacity vehicles (HCVs) on the roads. The purpose is to examine the effect reduced road transport costs from HCVs can have on a modal shift. Two studies of HCV implementation in Sweden were combined. A micro-based case study modelled the distribution network of a major retailer in scenarios based on actual cost and flow data. A macro analysis was conducted of the cross-elasticity between rail and road combined with detailed price changes for lorries considering the product characteristics in different industries. The results show the long-term effects of HCVs on the modal shift for heavier, and heavier and longer vehicles. The combined approach triangulates the results and highlights the effects of logistics decision-making, transport network characteristics, and time. It emphasises linkages between modal shift and road transport efficiency, price reductions, geographical characteristics, product types, train organisation, and the capacity of HCVs.

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  • Transport Systems and Logistics

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  • Environment, high capacity vehicle, modal shift, road transport, Sweden, transport policy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-132
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date2018 Feb 14
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 4
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes