Call 2015 Freight and Logistics in a Multimodal Context

This research programme focuses on the parameters that influence modal choice in freight transport.

The aim is to provide National Road Authorities with insight into the possibilities for optimizing multi-modality and the impact that these might have on road infrastructure. The research is expected to produce specific tools to enable NRAs to influence these choices. The call has three sub-themes:

  1. Understanding what influences modal choice (including behaviour).
  2. How can infrastructure and infrastructure services affect modal choice?
  3. Fit for purpose road vehicles to influence modal choice (performance based standards).

The programme is currently funding two projects as follows..

FALCON Project

FALCON aims to provide NRAs with a clearly written handbook explaining the principles of freight markets, logistics strategies, and how multimodal transport works and can be influenced. The second objective is to develop smart infrastructure access policy (SIAP) for current and future road freight vehicles ensuring proper fit between the vehicle and the infrastructure network.

A full project description is available here

The first results under FALCON have now been published as a CEDR Contractor Report. This report – a handbook on understanding what influences modal choice – is available here.


FLUXNET aims to provide insight into the tools for NRAs that help to optimise the multimodal use of the infrastructure networks by the freight and logistic sector. Special attention is being paid to the connection between land use and infrastructure planning. The project aims to provide an overview of potential “living labs” that offer the possibility to further explore the potential benefits of integrating multimodal transport networks, liveability and spatial planning.

A full project description is available here.

Project results will be published here as soon as they are available.


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