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Are freight pipelines a pipe dream? A critical review of the UK and European perspective

Egbunike, Obiajulu and Potter, Andrew Thomas ORCID: 2011. Are freight pipelines a pipe dream? A critical review of the UK and European perspective. Journal of Transport Geography 19 (4) , pp. 499-508. 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2010.05.004

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Freight pipelines represent a novel way for the movement of freight transport and offer an alternative to conventional transport modes. The aim of this paper is to examine the potential for this transport mode within the UK and Europe. Firstly, the latest technological developments are identified, building on the last major review by Howgego and Roe (1998). There is then an analysis of the policy landscape towards freight pipelines, as successful implementation will require the support of policy makers. Finally, some of the major benefits and issues with freight pipelines are highlighted. We conclude that there are still opportunities for the use of freight pipelines, but that further research is yet required to fully understand the supply chain, logistics and other related activities that the introduction of this technology may influence. This is because systems which are presently in commercial operation have exhibited excellent characteristics, although they have not been more widely adopted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Underground freight; Capsule pipelines; Transportation policy; Innovative transport
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
ISSN: 0966-6923
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:31

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