Influence of the Perception of Risks on the Choice of Rail Transportation
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
In 2009, road transportation amounted to 74 % and rail to 15 % of inland transportation in the EU. Since road transportation release large amounts of emissions, it cannot be classified as a sustainable mode of transportation. The European Committee promotes the use of other modes, such as rail and inland waterways. Factors influencing the choice of transportation mode for buyers of these services are e.g. the reliability and delivery precision of the service, which in turn are affected by risks. The purpose of this study is to identify risks connected to rail freight and whether the view of these risks may deter companies from choosing rail transportation, which could possibly offer an explanation to the modal share numbers. The study employs a survey, which has been performed among Swedish companies in close vicinity of a rail terminal. It is found that respondents consider the risks of disturbances such as delays, theft and accidents to be important when considering mode of transport and that the respondents consider rail transportation to be lacking compared to road transportation. The results are valuable to policy makers who are promoting sustainable transportation, since they may explain why companies are less willing to perform a modal shift. To mitigate the risks, it is suggested that capacity of the rail network in the EU should be expanded.
Intermodal transport, rail transport, risk management, survey
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102168OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-102168DiVA: diva2:668760