chapter  3
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Intermodal Developments in the UK

It is widely accepted that Europe has traditionally been ahead of the UK in the development and application of intermodal transport, being well supplied with strong national rail systems, an extensive inland waterways network and a burgeoning road haulage industry; whereas in the UK, until quite recently according to the Department for Transport (DfT) in its publication, Transport Statistics for Great Britain – 2004, our railways and inland waterways have been in decline leaving a freight market heavily dominated by road haulage – in 2002 accounting for no less than 62 per cent of all goods moved (i.e. the weight lifted multiplied by the distance carried) and 82 per cent of all goods carried.