High frequency combined transport

Mesh network design

Interchange hubs meet 4 types of needs.

Large seaports (LS)

They are a special case in terms of organization, since they are the origin and final destination of large and homogeneous flows of maritime containers. The solutions offered aim to reduce transit time to a minimum, including the automation of the (un)loading of import and export trains, and to increase the modal shift of road flows generated by the hinterland. The constituent elements of the RsR Cargo system remain unchanged.

RsR Cargo Hubs (π Hub*)


These regional sites of a certain importance exchange UTI** and semi-trailers. Containers can be exchanged between different trains that meet at this site, with or without the same orientation and passing through this site.

The synchronization of intermodal flows in these sites is ensured through shared and flexible planning. This flexibility is achieved by allowing decision makers to make mode and routing decisions at the individual shipment level as late as possible in the transportation planning process.

(*) from the "Physical Internet" concept. π Hub : transferring π-containers from incoming π-movers to outgoing π-movers (cf. http://www.etp-logistics.eu/alice/en/home/)
(**) Intermodal Transport Unit

Local terminal (LT)

These smaller intermodal yards ensure a fine network of the territory. Below a certain size, they are only open to semi-trailers. We find them mainly on the capillary lines.

Local termonal located in Urban Logistics Zones (ULZ)


In these sites, Automated Guided Vehicles put the semi-trailers at the disposal of an urban distribution center which ensures the final delivery of the goods with clean vehicles. The semi-trailers are not intended to leave the local site.

Final network design


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