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There is a revolution taking place due to business, manufacturing and consumer expectations driven by efficiencies of major on-line retail and global logistics that force business to supply their products 
within 24 hours.

The impact on shipping, supply chains and logistics is driving demand for larger facilities, as close as possible to major conurbations, ideally utilising intermodal rail freight where feasible.

Intermodal rail freight logistics can efficiently shift the containers off roads to relieve congestion and reduce carbon emission to key locations, becoming ever more important.
 
However, new, larger and more efficient intermodal rail freight terminals are now needed.
Together with the interchange of raw materials, manufacturing parts and foodstuff sourced and assembled worldwide for
differing markets, the logistics of moving these items of every size and value, now mainly containerised,  requires a 24/7 dynamic industry interchanging goods, globally.

The final delivery to retail stores, sales points or scheduled drop off to a consumer then adds to the biggest challenge to
efficiently utilise capital investments to complete the delivery promise in the supply chain of any businesses on a
responsible, ecological and sustainable platform.
Most large retail and logistics organisations are investing to accommodate this revolution, building out regional and local facilities,  ideally with direct container port intermodal rail freight connection to reduce road congestion and pollution, that will move to utilising electric ‘hubs’ then autonomous road vehicles, with drones and mini helicopters that will require substancial testing before use.

All this change impacts the freight ‘hubs’ that have to be adapted in this revised supply chain to 

ensure economic viability, sustainability and efficiency with intermodal rail use at the core.

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Rail Freight Intermodal [SRFI] Infrastructure - often known as Inland or Dry Ports - is required to enable the efficient use of rail freight ideally as a compatible and interfacing strategic network. 

Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFI's) include interfacing on-site logistics buildings and manufacturing. 
Intermodal Rail Freight Logistics Hubs


The objective of Strategic Land Europe is to identify and assess prime locations in the UK and Europe to support an interfacing network of Intermodal Rail Freight Logistics 'hubs' accessed by key rail lines. The 'hubs' will interface the existing rail network as well as logistics and manufacturing facilities on-site to enable and provide multimodal interface infrastructure projects for major conurbations and regions alike.
The EU aims to shift 30% of long-distance freight traffic from road to rail and inland waterways, as well as to have carbon-free city logistics by 2030 . Enhancing inland waterway transport can contribute to improved environmental status and help to reach sustainability objectives.

http://www.marinelink.com/news/strengthening-cooperation418775.aspx
Rail Freight Transportation Industry In Europe will grow steadily at a CAGR of 2.75% during the period 2017-2021

http://satprnews.com/2016/12/24/rail-freight-transportation-industry-in-europe-will-grow-steadily-at-a-cagr-of-2-75-during-the-period-2017-2021/

Increased growth in rail freight route between Asia and Europe, expected to grow by 30% in 2021

Market challenge - Poor maintenance of railway networks resulting in less sustainability and profitability.
INTERMODAL LOGISTICS is an emerging industry set between the dynamic and well-established logistics and container shipping sectors.

With more road congestion and increasing emissions, rail intermodal container freight is seen as the responsible solution for all ports alongside a water opportunity where it presents itself. 

This industry is a global opportunity and even where it exists, larger, sustainable and more efficient solutions are now emerging.

Strategic Land Europe is playing its part in the UK and France initially but is tracking rail intermodal flows Europe -wide.
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