Call 2015 Freight and Logistics in a Multimodal Context

How can National Road Administrations optimise the multimodal freight network?

The aim of this research programme has been 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 has been expected to produce specific tools to enable NRAs to influence these choices. The call had three sub-themes:

A. Understanding what influences modal choice (including behaviour).

B. How can infrastructure and infrastructure services affect modal choice?

C. Fit for purpose road vehicles to influence modal choice (performance based standards).

The programme is currently funding two projects as follows.

FALCON Project

FALCON has addressed both parts A and C of the above challenges. The project has provided 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 output has been the development of a smart infrastructure access policy (SIAP) for current and future road freight vehicles ensuring proper fit between the vehicle and the infrastructure network (“performance-based stanards”).

Project results and further information:


FLUXNET has addressed challenge B in this programme. The project has provided insight into the tools for NRAs that help to optimise the multimodal use of the infrastructure networks by the freight and logistic sector. This research paid particular attention to the connection between land use and infrastructure planning. The project has provided 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.

Project results and further information:


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