ECONOMIES OF DENSITY IN RAIL FREIGHT TRANSPORT: POTENTIAL FOR UTILISATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICADownload This Article
Road transport has replaced rail carriage as the dominant form of long-distance freight transport in Southern Africa. Road freight carriers can transport goods of various sizes and masses over long distances. This article highlights the significant cost-reduction opportunities possible through economies of density achievable in rail freight transport, especially over long distances, and the concomitant implications for increased profitability for railway organisations in Southern African countries. Traffic densification opportunities should focus on the development of transport corridors throughout the Southern African region.
Key Words: Economies of Density, Rail Freight Transport, Southern Africa, Transport Cost
How to cite this paper: Pienaar, W. J., de Bod, A., & Havenga, J. H. (2012). Economies of density in rail freight transport: Potential for utilisation in Southern Africa. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 1(3), 44-49. https://doi.org/10.22495/jgr_v1_i3_p5