On land, road is the dominant mode, but with infrastructure congestion, rail and inland waterways also have a part to play. Under what conditions could these last two modes capture a larger share of inland transport? Rail cannot be really competitive without a dedicated freight network, and inland waterways will only get to play a significant role if transhipment costs are cut. Couldn’t greater competition within these two modes generate productivity gains and better quality services?
The Round Table provided the opportunity to address the whole issue of competitiveness in inland transport modes and identified guidelines on land access to ports for policy-makers.
This report shows how barriers to this growth – arising from differences in the way trains pay to use national networks – can be overcome. It recommends moving to a set of simple charges for freight that create similar incentives for the management and planning of train operations across national borders.
Round Table 91 deals with these issues and also draws attention to the positive aspects of the growth of
combined transport. The analysis is based on factual data and conducted from the broader perspective of the
contribution that combined transport can make to sustainable economic development.
Round Table 103 provided an opportunity for experts from all ECMT Member countries and the United States and Japan to get together to discuss experiences of separation to date or plans for it in the future. This publication provides readers with a comprehensive overview of a subject of major importance for the restructuring of European railways.
Round Table 81 takes stock of the problems and considers the contribution private capital could bring in funding transport infrastructure.
framework, this Round Table stands out from other overly conventional approaches.
Round Table 104 brought together leading European experts on transport and logistics to answer these fundamental questions. This report describes current thinking on anticipated trends in logistics systems.
adapted to customer needs. A whole range of possibilities exist to make public transport more appealing: more frequent and punctual service, better equipment, improved customer relations, electronic payment facilities and more convenient connections are just a few of these.
Round Table 92 takes stock of what is happening throughout Europe in this area. By comparing the interesting developments, a new image of public transport is slowly taking shape.
All the definitions referring specifically to the geographical framework of Europe may be applied to other regions of the world. They are intended for the work of the three intergovernmental organizations who have created this compilation: the European Union (EU), the ECMT and the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE).
This third edition is the result of the valuable cooperation between the three organizations, that - through the action of the Intersecretariat Working Group - put a constant effort into meeting the need to harmonize transport statistics at the international level. By following the guidance expressed in these definitions, a considerable contribution will be given to the improvement in quality of data and their comparability.
The discussions established that communication is an essential element of a global road safety policy in that it aims to inform, alert, educate, convince and ultimately alter people’s attitudes and behaviour. The resources employed and the channels of communication used can differ from country to country, depending on the topic addressed, the national culture and the goals to be achieved.
Communication cannot be an end in itself, however: it can only be the complement of other measures. It must have a time frame within which the objectives set have to be attained. Evaluation of communication effectiveness is likewise essential.