The project, delivered in distinct phases, comprised the following objectives:
1. The analysis of goods traffic potential on the Corridor V axis and the selection of priority OD matrices for the Turin-Lyons tract.
2. Identification of the main qualitative and quantitative variables that underpin choices of mode for international surface goods shipments.
3. The drawing up of a structured questionnaire to elicit the preferences of people involved in various capacities along the transport route, regarding their choice of mode for the tract in question. The options were: all road;traditional rail transport;combined transport, accompanied motorway railway transport and unaccompanied motorway railway transport.
4. In partnership with SWG, the conducting of 410 interviews – both face-to-face and by telephone – of manufacturers, GDO’s, hauliers, freight forwarders and European logistics operators.
5. The processing of the data arising from the investigation, the calculation of the weight given to each variable and the subsequent creation of a model to illustrate the share of the market commanded by each mode.
The study also provides information that can be used to plan the future provision of goods transport services.
The project includes a second phase in 2005 which will concentrate on work to further refine the model.