The aim of WP3 is to validate the methodology developed in WP1 and WP2 for resource costs and to allow a
feed-back and a test of the methodology for data collection and cost calculation in well
determined contexts. The results of WP3 will provide the data basis for the following
workpackages. Fixed and variable resource costs for the selected door-to-door transport
corridors will be calculated following the bottom-up impact pathway approach developed in WP1 and following the methodology developed in WP2.
Quality criteria as flexibility, lead time, reliability, control safety and security and
weak elements within the intermodal transport chains will be taken in consideration to
evaluate the performance of intermodal transport along the corridor from the business
point of view. The results of the analysis will be compared to cost and quality
performance of road transport in both directions and will be extremely concrete and
directly usable by the transport chain actors.
An extended field survey, direct interviews to the operator and an
intense exchange of information with users group as well as a comparisons with the results
of relevant EU research projects and national studies will be the base of this
Workpackage. Detailed analyses of company budgets and public data will be a possible
substitution of restricted information. The following intermodal corridors has been
initially identified as worthy of study: freight freeways case study between Greece-
Brindisi -Verona Munich-Hamburg and Gothenburg/Stockholm; the corridor between Genova, -
Strasbourg - Antwerp and Manchester; the door-to -door intermodal chain along the corridor
Barcelona -Lyon -Torino - Trieste - Ljiubliana - Budapest-Warsaw.
Freight freeways case study
This task aims at analysing the internal cost structure for
door-to-door intermodal transport chain among Greece Brindisi (IT) - Verona (IT) - Munich
(D), Hamburg (D) and Gothenburg/Stockholm.
The short distance leg of Verona - Munich will be analysed in detail
from cost and performance point of views and all critical aspects will be detected in
order to have an additional short corridor case study. A further north leg of the freight
freeways will also be analysed in detail in order to compare the different costs of using
traditional short sea shipping or RO/RO or new Oresund bridge to reach Southern Sweden
from Central Europe. As for nodes an important Nordic terminal, Hamburg and Verona will be
studied in detail.
Tri-modal case study
This task aims at identifying the current cost composition of
door-to-door intermodal chain among Genova (IT), Basle (CH), Strasbourg (F) Antwerp and
The analysis will detect the current costs in the intermodal transport
system that involve road-rail-inland waterways and their respective roles in the
assessment of cost and performance of the complete transport chain. The most important
cases of inconsistency and insufficiency will be pointed out when each principal segment
of the corridor - train segment from Novara to Basle, barge transport segment from Basle
to Antwerp, short sea shipping from Antwerp to Felixstowe and rail leg from Felixstowe to
Manchester - will be analysed in detail and compared to road transport from cost and
quality point of view. The analysis of this corridor will compare different modes
alternative to road in terms of cost and quality performances in part of the corridor;
e.g. rail and barge transport from Basle to Antwerp or RO/RO ferries, short sea shipping
and Eurotunnel for the Channel crossing. Another type of comparison will be done among
different railways of different states using the privatisation model, like in the UK, or
the cross-border alliances like the one of Italian Railways and Swiss railways. The new
opportunities of choosing the Simplon-Lotschberg route or the Gothard route and
consequently different intermodal operators, rail operators and terminals will be studied.
The Genoa, Strasbourg and Antwerp nodes will be analysed in detail and a door-to-door
transport chain involving this three important port terminals and including
intercontinental sea transport leg will be considered.
The results of these type of comparisons could contribute to the
identification of inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the current pricing system and to
the evaluation of different friction costs deriving from the involvement of three or four
modes and different actors. These types of comparisons will be particularly useful for
differentiating to fixed and variable (marginal) costs.
Door to door including sea transport and the CEEC case study
This task will analyse the cost and quality performance of intermodal
transport along the corridor Barcellona - Lyon - Torino- Venezia- Trieste - Koper-
Lijubliana - Budapest and Warsaw.
This corridor will include the TEN project Lyon- Turin and part of the
Pan-European Corridors n° V and n° VI.
The difficulties of improving intermodal transport services coming from
infrastructure problematic like Spanish different gauge, Trans-Alpine tunnel, highly
congested nodes as Lyon and Milan, Trieste - Lijubijana old rail connection, will be
analysed from cost and quality point of view. In the corridor analysis. For the segment
between Barcellona and North Western Italy the competition of the Ro/Ro services will be
analysed. Barcellona and Trieste nodes will be analysed in detail and a door-to door
transport chain including intercontinental sea transport will be considered and in
particular a case with origin the Trieste harbour and destination Budapest and Warsaw.
The final output of WP3 will be a Report on the testing and validation
of the methodology for the calculation of door-to-door resource costs for intermodal
transport chains in Europe.