Urban freight characteristics and externalities – A comparative study of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Delhi (India)

Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management

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Title Urban freight characteristics and externalities – A comparative study of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Delhi (India)
Creator Dixit, Saubhagya Rao, K. Ramachandra Tiwari, Geetam von Wieding, Sönke
Subject — urban freight transportation; external cost; freight trip attraction; non-motorised vehicle; marginal external cost; vehicular emissions
Description Background: The urban freight transportation (UFT) system is an essential facilitator for the smooth functioning of city logistics. It also contributes significantly to transportation-related issues, such as vehicular congestion, pollution, accidents, infrastructure damage and other related problems.Objectives: This study aimed to understand and compare the urban freight traffic characteristics and their impact in two cities: Gothenburg, Sweden and Delhi, India, having high socio-economic differences. The findings of this study will be helpful for practitioners and policymakers in the development and successful implementation of UFT management policies.Method: Using the cordon count (traffic data), retailers’ interviews (receivers’ data) and freight vehicle drivers’ interviews, UFT characteristics such as sector-specific contribution, trip characteristics, vehicular characteristics and negative impacts in terms of external cost to society are evaluated. This study also discusses the prediction of attracted trips in the study zone using freight trip attraction (models.Results: About 75% of the trips in Gothenburg and 92% of the trips in Delhi are made by light commercial and other small-sized vehicles. Gothenburg has formally organised sectors involved in freight vehicle movement; however, Delhi has informally organised sectors.Conclusion: The results revealed substantial differences in characteristics of freight trip operations in both the cities, compared with few similarities. Measures taken considering the specific local attributes of freight traffic and stakeholders’ requirement may lead to a sustainable transportation system in cities.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Volvo Research and Educational Foundation (VREF)
Date 2022-02-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Field Survey/Interview
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jtscm.v16i0.629
Source Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management; Vol 16 (2022); 10 pages 1995-5235 2310-8789
Language eng
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Coverage South Asia; Scandinavia — Establishment
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Saubhagya Dixit, K. Ramachandra Rao, Geetam Tiwari, Sönke von Wieding https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0