chapter  4
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Intermodal Transport in Europe

Mainland Europe could be called the heartland of freight intermodalism; principally because of the extensive use that is made of combined road-rail transport and inland and short-sea shipping (SSS) across the whole of the Continent, but particularly within the 25 Member States of the European Union (EU). With extensive inter-continental rail systems and a large network of commercially navigable inland waterways, Europe has the essential infrastructure necessary to facilitate the switch of freight from its heavily congested road systems on to these more environmentally friendly transport modes.