A methodology to locate additional intermodal terminals

Dries Meers, Cathy Macharis, Mohammed Abugammar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper


Recently, the number of intermodal barge and - rail terminals in Flanders has boomed, facilitating a growth of more sustainable hinterland freight transport. But currently, the question is raised if additional intermodal terminals are desirable, if they could operate in an economically viable way and where they should be located. The research goal was to develop a methodology to find optimal terminal locations, maximizing the potential transhipment volumes, without competing with the already established terminals. Different locations are selected in a meta-analysis, but local conditions such as land availability and stakeholder approval should be investigated prior to setting up new terminal initiatives. It comes out that the selection of terminal locations can be influenced by the (modal choice) criteria considered in the analysis and that the selection mechanism should be linked to the preferred implementation strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days 2013
EditorsM. Hesse, G. Caruso, P. Gerber, F. Viti
PublisherUniversity Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-94-6197-122-7
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2013
Eventthe BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days 2013 - Walferdange, Luxembourg-City, Germany
Duration: 30 May 201331 May 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days 2013


Conferencethe BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days 2013
CityWalferdange, Luxembourg-City

Bibliographical note

M. Hesse, G. Caruso, P. Gerber, F. Viti


  • intermodal transport
  • optimal location
  • transhipment terminal
  • value of time

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