In April 1991 the Transport and Road Research laboratory (TRRL) commissioned MDS-TRansmodal to undertake a review of European intermodal freight transport. The main objectives of the review were to outline the status of intermodal transport in the twelve European Community countries together with Scandinavia, Austria and Switzerland, to provide information on actions taken by governments to promote intermodal freight transport and to indicate likely trends for the next ten years. The study indicates that intermodal freight transport, particularly using swop bodies is growing rapidly in Europe and that most governments are actively encouraging its growth in order to protect the environment and reduce road traffic congestion. The measures taken by each government are described in detail. The current situation in the UK is also described and the main problems in developing intermodal transport in the UK identified.

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