Intermodal Freight Transport

1st Edition

Authors: David Lowe
Paperback ISBN: 9780750659352
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 19th September 2005
Page Count: 304


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This book provides an introduction to the whole concept of intermodal freight transport, the means of delivering goods using two or more transport modes, recounting both European experience and UK developments and reporting on the extensive political influences on this form of transport. This is placed into context with reference to developments in North America and Asia.

Detailed explanations are given of the road and rail vehicles, the loading units and the transfer equipment used in such operations. In particular, the role of the Channel Tunnel in the development of long-haul combined transport operations between the UK and Europe is considered.

Key Features

  • Gain knowledge from a leading industry expert with over 40 years of transport experience
  • Addresses important topics such as environmental, international, and safety issues in intermodal freight transport
  • Provides a glossary of terms


Transport operators, managers, planners, students and academics of logistics and transport

Table of Contents

What is Intermodal Freight Transport?;UK and EU Policies for Intermodal Transport;Intermodal Developments in the UK;Intermodal Transport in Europe;Intermodalism in North America and World Markets;The Road Haulage Role in Intermodalism
Rail Freight Operations;Inland Waterway, Short-Sea and Coastal Shipping;Environmental and Economic Issues Grant-aid and Government Support;Intermodal Networks and Freight Interchanges;Intermodal Road and Rail Vehicles and Maritime Vessels;Intermodal Loading Units, Transfer Equipment and Satellite Communications;Carrier Liability in Intermodal Transport;Intermodal Documentation and Authorizations;Customs Procedures;International Carriage of Dangerous Goods;Safety in Transport


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About the Author

David Lowe

Affiliations and Expertise

Transport writer and consultant, Norwich, UK


'This is an extremely comprehensive compendium of information, both historical and current, that deals with all aspects of intermodal transport in a most informative way. The parts of the book that deal with rail-freight operations are a mine of useful information on the various technical developments that have occurred in rail transport in the recent past...' News Bulletin of the Roads and Road Transport History Association