The latest portstudy of PortEconomics member Jason Monios co-authored by Rickard Bergqvist explores influences on migration of hub status in an intermodal network from a port to an inland node by following the life cycle of inland terminal development.
The methodology is a longitudinal case study of the Swedish intermodal system over a period of 20 years, based on documentation, interviews, and action research. The authors observe the changing roles of the Port of Gothenburg and the Falköping terminal at different time periods. These changes are then discussed and influences identified for this migration and new centralisation inland. The longitudinal approach allows a life cycle perspective which reveals the importance of initial public infrastructure development and then the operational importance of integration between shipper and intermodal transport and terminal provision in controlling the network.
The integration of the inland terminal in regional logistics strategies was also found to be important in attracting port flows to be transported via the inland hub to be containerised.
Jason and Richard’s portstudy has been published in the Journal of Transport Geography (Volume 91) – more information can be found by accessing the journal’s webpage.