Evolution of the Road and Rail Transport of Goods in European Countries before and after the Financial Crises

https://doi.org/10.26552/com.C.2019.4.3-12

  • Antonio Danesi
  • Davide Ongari
  • Cristian Poliziani
  • Federico Rupi
Keywords: freight transport, GDP, infrastructures, oil price, road and rail transport networks

Abstract

The main goal of this paper is to analyse recent trends in freight transport volumes as well as their relation to socio-economic and infrastructural variables, in the case of the following major European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. This analysis refers to the period 2005-2016, so that years affected by the global economic crisis, which shows its peak in 2009, are taken into account. This research demonstrated that not all the countries under study show a strong relation between freight traffic and GDP as it could have been expected based on well consolidated experiences and studies. Moreover, other relations are investigated, with mixed results, between the freight traffic volumes and the extension of the rail and road networks as well as oil price data.

Author Biographies

Antonio Danesi

Department of Civil, Chemical, Economic and Environmental Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy

Davide Ongari

Freelance transport analyst, Milan, Italy

Cristian Poliziani

Department of Civil, Chemical, Economic and Environmental Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy

Federico Rupi

Department of Civil, Chemical, Economic and Environmental Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy

Published
2019-10-01
How to Cite
Antonio Danesi, Davide Ongari, Cristian Poliziani, & Federico Rupi. (2019). Evolution of the Road and Rail Transport of Goods in European Countries before and after the Financial Crises. Communications - Scientific Letters of the University of Zilina, 21(4), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.26552/com.C.2019.4.3-12
Section
Operation and Economics in Transport