Rail-Road Interconnectivity in the Alpine Freight Transport. Bottlenecks and Policies from an Austrian-Italian Perspective

Rosanna E. Russo, Manfred M. Fischer

    Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper


    Trans-Alpine freight transport suffers because of severe road congestion due to
    under-capacity of roads and causes considerable environmental damages in the
    transit countries, particularly in Austria and Switzerland, but also in Italy. The
    obvious strategy of shifting trans-Alpine flows from road to rail is hampered by
    several factors such as Jack of coordination among the various national railway
    companies, lack of provision of competitive services (e.g., blocktrains, etc.), and
    insufficient efforts to increase and promote combined transport. One of the key
    problems is the disintegrated policy approach which does not conceive road and rail
    as complementary modes of transport, but still as competitive ones. Using the five
    dimensions - hardware, software, orgware (institutions), tinware, and the
    environment - as a checklist the current paper makes a modest attempt to identify
    areas of major concern for road and rail. The paper looks more specifically at the
    case of combined road/rail freight transport as part of a single, virtual mobility
    network for trans-Alpine freight transport. (authors' abstract)
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationVienna
    PublisherWU Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1995

    Publication series

    NameDiscussion Papers of the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience

    WU Working Paper Series

    • Discussion Papers of the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience

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