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Transport and Regional Economics

Expertise

Transport economics, urban logistics, rail

How to make SNCB future-proof? 15/11/2019 - 31/12/2021

Abstract

The main objective of this research is to develop strategies for SNCB to deal with uncertain future developments concerning the demand for passenger rail transport. These strategies will be developed based on multiple scenarios, which in turn are identified based on scientific literature, trends and forecasts. Best-practices from foreign rail operators are identified. The main focus of the scenarios is on disruptions of passenger behaviour, leading to a potential change in the demand for passenger rail transport. Amongst others, ageing and sanitary disruptions, such as for instance COVID-19, are included in the analysis. Ageing is treated in the broad sense, i.e. with respect to digitalisation and physical mobility. For each scenario a strategy is developed, well defined within the scope of the priority objectives of SNCB. The strategies also take into account SNCB's aim to shift part of peak demand to the off-peak period. Consequently, an optimal strategy to be followed by SNCB is formulated, i.e. a strategy that is as robust as possible with respect to the different above mentioned scenarios.

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Responsive sustainable urban logistics - Best practices last mile and co-operation models in city distribution (R!Sult) 01/04/2019 - 31/03/2020

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This project involves bringing together knowledge on finished, running and planned projects on last mile and more collaborative co-operation models in city distribution, and the state of the art on what moves in this market, in a manner that provides value added to all stakeholders in the project. It involves innovative last mile solutions, but also trends and insights).

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Responsive sustainable urban logistics (R!SULT). 01/03/2019 - 30/09/2020

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This project proposal treats following research question: RQ: What are the potential sustainable and integrated co-operation models for urban logistics flows, given a certain city? The focus is on testing the sustainable and integrated business cases within the urban logistics context, including all possible types of flows (B2B, B2C, retour, etc.). This proposal attempts to achieve this objective by answering three sub-questions in three consecutive workpackages. In order to test the sustainability of the various business cases, first a data-driven calculation model is drafted. This calculation model should allow comparing the various options objectively. RQ1: What are the most important components of a calculation model for a sustainable urban logistics policy, both on the side of input and output. Recent data on goods flows, within as well as outside cities, is very scarce though. This impedes an objective overview on urban logistics, which makes identifying opportunities more difficult. RQ2: Which goods flows take place in the concerned cities? The findings from the first two workpackages are used next to quantify proposals for pilot projects. These pilot projects have to be executed in the concerned cities and help identifying the barriers between the calculations and the real applications. RQ3: What are the barriers in translating the results of the calculation model into an effective, integrated reorganisation of the urban logistics flows.

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