Innovations as an Option to Increase the Market Share of Rail Freight Transport in Europe

  • Wiegmans, Bart W. (Department of Transport and Infrastructure, OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies)
  • Published : 2009.06.30


Successful market adoption of rail freight transport innovations that might offer opportunities for market share increase is the focus of this paper. Firstly, seen from a theoretical point of view, it is not incremental innovations but radical organizational and transformation innovations that are likely to increase the market share of rail freight transport. Secondly, the particular inovations that offer some success potential for market adoption are: dedicated infrastructure, the fixed timetable, locomotive upgrades, and INTERFACE. Thirdly, unfortunately, the opportunities to increase the market share of rail freight transport appear to be limited.