Freight on Road: Why EU Shippers Prefer Truck to Train

16-03-2015

This is an assessment of the influences on the transport mode choice of shippers in the EU, highlighting why they often prefer road to rail. Drawing on the analysis of long-term trends of freight transport, a number of national case studies (Germany, Poland, France, Italy and Spain) and interviews with industry actors, the study investigates the main underlying factors driving freight mode choice. The concluding chapter provides recommendations on the key elements of an effective strategy to incentivise the use of rail, building on the lessons learnt from previous policy experience.

This is an assessment of the influences on the transport mode choice of shippers in the EU, highlighting why they often prefer road to rail. Drawing on the analysis of long-term trends of freight transport, a number of national case studies (Germany, Poland, France, Italy and Spain) and interviews with industry actors, the study investigates the main underlying factors driving freight mode choice. The concluding chapter provides recommendations on the key elements of an effective strategy to incentivise the use of rail, building on the lessons learnt from previous policy experience.

External author

Francesco Dionori, Lorenzo Casullo, Simon Ellis, Davide Ranghetti, Konrad Bablinski, Christoph Vollath and Carl Soutra