Scanning the potential for intermodal transport on alpine corridors

The aim is to identify and analyse modal shift potential in apline corridors and in companies' alpine-crossing transport flows. Developed it tools (information technology) and co-operation with industrial partners will support this.

Since 1984, alpine crossing freight transport has increase dramatically from 70 million tonnes to 145 million tonnes (2003) (Alps bow B), i.e. it has doubled. Road freight transport is increasing faster than rail freight transport (including combined transport road - rail). Current forecasts for 2020 and 2030 estimate further growth in alpine crossing transport. The alpine area is a very vulnerable area where, according to topography and transport intensity, environmental impacts and ecological damage can be very significant. Pollution caused by road freight transport (per tonne or tkm) will also grow in the future in this vulnerable area. ARGE ALP (working group for alpine countries) therefore aims to achieve sustainable alpine crossing transport based on the Alp Convention and Alp Protection Act. The main objectives are support for combined transport, a modal shift from road to rail, and the bundling of transport flows. Until now, modal shift activities and support measures for intermodal transport have mainly been supply driven by financial support for infrastructure (rail tracks, terminals, new intermodal transport concepts, etc.). On the demand side, knowledge of difficulties in using intermodal transport solutions is often missing. There are knowledge gaps about logistical processes from the company side and their integration in the overall supply chain by intermodal transport. SPIN-ALP aims at providing initial information to support a modal shift from pure road transport to more sustainable means of transport for transport flows crossing the Alps. The project is based on the former EU project SPIN. SPIN (Scanning the Potential of Intermodal Transport) ( is a research and development project within the 5th framework programme supported by DG TREN of the European Commission. Contrary to the supply policy, SPIN approaches modal shift from the demand side. For achieving this objective, the SPIN project consortium has developed and applied a toolbox for scanning the potential for a modal shift towards intermodal transport. This internet-based tool supports shippers as well as logistics services to assess the potential benefits. The toolbox instruments are capable of scanning the potential at business levels (micro-level) as well as at regional level (macro-level). Within SPIN-ALP, these IT-tools should be used, but they have to be updated with the latest information. Based on the EU project SPIN, an innovative approach will - identify and evaluate supply measures and concepts which deliver concrete support and a contribution to a modal shift from pure road transport to combined road - rail transport. - create awareness among shippers from the demand side about the opportunities of intermodal transport, and stimulate demand for intermodal transport. - improve the framework of transport policy by focusing on a modal shift. SPIN-ALP aims to: * analyse the current development and forecasts of alpine crossing transport; * analyse the specific requirements and needs of shippers and logistics service providers in alpine crossing transport; * describe current political framework conditions and objectives in alpine crossing transport (regional, national, international); * analyse existing barriers, problems, conflicts and need for action; * develop support measures at international, national and regional levels for the modal shift from road to combined road - rail transport; * carry out case studies in cooperation with shippers, logistics service providers and transport companies, for real world identification of modal shift opportunities at a company level and the assessment of impacts caused by a modal shift; * plan the implementation and realisation at the company level if possible; * carry out an action plan for the implementation and realisation of measures and framework conditions; * promote intermodal transport. The SPIN-ALP project is closely related to the SPIN project but aims more at the modal shift effects from the demand side. Improvements on the supply side and framework conditions will also be analysed and evaluated. Keywords: intermodality
Project ID: 
3 670
Start date: 
Project Duration: 
Project costs: 
1 140 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Intermodal Transport technology
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.