Area 1 Current and potential traffic for river/road combined transport

Task 1: A small scale analysis of the origins and destinations of freight

To find out the origins and destinations of the freight passing through the four river ports and the potential traffic, in particular for sea freight containers, at a small scale. The aim is not only to survey the traffic but also to show the extent to which the container flows generated by the maritime ports constitute potential traffic for the river ports of the four cities in question, as these sea freight containers are directly involved in supplying the cities. A knowledge of these flows is necessary in order to reveal the connections between the different scales: international, national and local. The identification of potential traffic depends on the possibility of transferring freight from the road to the rivers.

Task 2: Current and potential traffic at the scale of urban areas

To find out the current or potential river traffic which exists or could exist within each of the
four urban areas for the three sectors in question. Compare the river traffic inside the urban
area with the road traffic. Show how the spatial configuration of each port affects the levels
of river traffic within each urban area.

Task 3:The traffic generated by the river port

To show the extent to which the firms located on river port land contribute to river traffic. Does
being located in the port area signify a direct link with river transport? Is it a source of growth for river transport? Alternatively, are river ports just logistical hubs, like any others? Second goal: the links between the presence of these firms and the urban environment will also be examined. Does a significant proportion of the freight handled by the firms present in the river ports of our four cities have the respective urban areas as its origin or destination? These questions are very important for local policy which has to cope with land demands in city centres, and which must be able to distinguish between desired logistics and imposed logistics.