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Intermodality and intermodal freight transport in the European Union. A systems approach to freight transport. Strategies and actions to enhance efficiency, services and sustainability. Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. COM (97) 243 final, 19 May 1997

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COMMIS:SION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 29.05.1997 COM(97) 243 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS INTERMODALITY AND INTERMODAL FREIGHT TRANSPORT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION A SYSTEM<; APPROACH TO FREIGHT TRANSPORT STRATEGIES AND ACTIONS TO ENHANCE EFFICIENCY, SERVICES AND SUSTAINABILITY CONTENTS page Executive Summary. ....................................................................................................... I Chapter 1 The concept oflntermodality ..... ,........... .................... ................ ........... ........ 1 Chapter 2 Logistics: The complexity of demand........................................................... 2 Chapter 3 Obstacles to the use of lntermodal Freight Transport... ........... :.................... 3 3.1. lnf~astructure and transport means............................................................... 4 3.2. Operations- The use of infrastructure ...... ~.................................................... 5 3.3. Modal-based services and regulations.......................................................... 5 3.4. Conclusion ........................................................................... :....................... 6 Chapter 4 Europe's Intermodal Freight Transport System: Steps towards realisation .................................... ,......................................... 7 A. Integrated infrastructure and transport means 4.1. A coherent infrastructure network at European leveL............................... 7 4.2. Value adding interconnection and nodes ............................ ·.......................... 8 4.3. Harmonised standards for loading units ... ~.................................................. 8 B. Interoperable and interconnected operations 4.4. Jntermodal freight operators......................................................................

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