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Institutional Challenges to Intermodal Transport and Logistics
Governance in Port Regionalisation and Hinterland Integration

ISBN 9781138546646
Published February 5, 2018 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

While the operational realities of intermodal transport are relatively well known, the institutional challenges are less well understood. This book provides an overview of intermodal transport and logistics including the policy background, emerging industry trends and academic approaches. Establishing the three key features of intermodal transport geography as intermodal terminals, inland logistics and hinterland corridors, Jason Monios takes an institutional approach to understanding the difficulties of successful intermodal transport and logistics. Key areas of investigation include the policy and planning background, the roles of public and private stakeholders and the identification of emerging strategy conflicts. Substantial empirical content situates the theoretical and practical issues in real-world examples via three detailed case study chapters (covering the USA, UK and Europe), making the book useful to students as well as practitioners desiring an understanding of how intermodal transport and logistics work in practice. The identified challenges to intermodal transport and logistics are used to demonstrate how competing port and inland strategies can inhibit the necessary processes of integration required to underpin successful intermodal transport. The book concludes with a look at the future of institutional adaptation that may enhance the capacity of freight actors to engage with intermodal transport developments.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; The geography of intermodal transport and logistics; The role of institutions in intermodal transport and logistics; Case study (Europe): intermodal terminals; Case study (UK): intermodal logistics; Case study (USA): intermodal corridor; Institutional challenges to intermodal transport and logistics; Institutional adaptation and the future of intermodal transport and logistics; References; Index.

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Dr Jason Monios is a Research Fellow at the Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, UK, where he leads research and consultancy projects in the Maritime Transport & Logistics Research Group. His primary research area is intermodal freight transport, with a specific interest in the relations between ports and inland terminals in managing hinterland access.


'Intermodal transport systems necessarily transgress established jurisdictions, complicating the planning and governing task. Through rich comparative case studies of ports, inland terminals and corridors in the UK, Europe and US, Jason Monios convincingly shows that institutional configurations make a difference - not only to port and logistics chain performance, but ultimately to quality of life in port regions.' Peter V. Hall, Simon Fraser University, Canada 'Jason Monios offers a compelling approach to the concept of port regionalisation and offers convincing case studies underlining the need for strong involvement by terminal operators as a key success factor for inland terminal development. In areas of overlapping hinterland it illustrates the need for collective action between seaports. Overall an interesting perspective to the development of hinterland logistics.' Eduard de Visser, Director Strategy & Innovation, Port of Amsterdam