What role for rail in urban freight distribution?

Activity: ExaminationPhD supervisor / committee


This doctoral thesis focuses on urban freight distribution by rail and the conditions for a successful implementation. The potential success is studied from a financial, economic and a socio-economic perspective for a dedicated freight vehicle, a freight wagon attached to a passenger vehicle and the transport of freight alongside passengers. The government’s viewpoint is adopted. A generic tool is created, by developing a tailor-made social cost-benefit framework and investigating the rail freight product in depth. The generic framework is applied to a case study for the use of a tram in the city of Antwerp.
Period24 Sep 2019
ExamineeKatrien De Lange
Examination held atUniversity of Antwerp, The Department of Transport and Regional Economics


  • urban freight transport
  • city logistics
  • tram