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Building of advanced freight chains and logistics technology

Improving and re-engineering of international freight transport chains with the target being sustainable freight mobility. The aim is to stimulate freight chains in europe, and improve and develop the competitiveness of intermodal transport chains.

The volume of freight transport in the EUROPEAN UNION (EU) is expected to continue to rise in the future. This situation is compounded by the fact that the rail sector has been progressively losing its share in European freight markets over the last several decades. Prompt action is necessary in order to successfully mitigate the negative effects of these developments. The main problems associated with the steadily increasing volume of freight transport include the following: - traffic congestion on roads; - insufficient quality of logistic services; - discontinuity of logistic chain performance; - insufficient intermodal and intra-modal interoperability; - negative effects on safety and environment. The dimension of these problems has meanwhile reached a critical level. Transit highways, border crossing points along the Eastern borders of the EU as well as in the North-South corridors (Alps), and the road systems of highly populated metropolitan areas have been affected by these developments to an extent that urgently requires action. As the countries of East-Central and South-Eastern Europe become more integrated into the EU and continue to experience above average economic growth, the volume of freight transported along 'East-West' European routes will be subject to enormous growth. North-South freight transport has already achieved a high volume and will increase even further. If the growth of truck transport along these routes is not curtailed, and if - at the same time - the rising demands of industry and retail for 'seamless', 'borderless', highly integrated, intelligent logistic services are not met, the achievement of fundamental European policy objectives will be jeopardized, including: * deeper economic integration of the Eastern and Central European states; * further progress in environmental protection; * mobility for citizens and improvement in the quality of their lives; * strengthening of the competitiveness of European industry in world markets. In order to enable the citizens of the EUROPEAN UNION, as well as industry and regional and local authorities to benefit fully from the opportunities derived from the establishment of an area without frontiers, it is necessary to improve the interlinking of the national transportation systems within Europe. Efforts are needed to enhance the efficiency and attractiveness of intermodal systems and to achieve a better integration of rail and inland waterways/coastal shipping in transport chains. This will only occur when shippers and other transport organisations can be convinced by the performance and cost-effectiveness of such integrated systems. The current situation seems very favourable for initiating the necessary changes and innovations in intermodal, rail and ship-based operations: deregulation and privatisation of government administered railroad systems is underway in all European countries - if at different stages. This raises the level of motivation among railroad organisations to change and to become more demand-oriented than in the past. Moreover, European integration has reduced customs requirements and other bureaucratic hurdles that have slowed down international rail movements in the past. Within an environment characterised by a combination of both pressures and opportunities, the continuation of a major European research initiative aimed at: - facilitating cooperation between all relevant stakeholders; - systematically identifying problems and obstacles; - developing new technological, organisational and managerial solutions, and - testing and communicating these solutions within the framework of model demonstration projects seems imperative. Keywords: LOGCHAIN+.
Acronym: 
LOGCHAIN+
Project ID: 
3 715
Start date: 
21-02-2006
Project Duration: 
60months
Project costs: 
0.00€
Technological Area: 
Transport Infrastructure
Market Area: 
Computers

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.