Working papers in Transport Economics
Niclas A. Krüger
Precautionary and operative costs of freight train delays: a case study of a Swedish grocery company
() and Inge Vierth
Abstract: There is limited knowledge about the valuation of reduced
transport time variability for freight transports. This paper analyses a
Swedish grocery company’s transports by shuttle train, as a case study. The
distribution of the train arrival time is analyzed; it is shown that the 10
per cent worst delays contribute to more than half of the total train
delays. Type and amount of the firm’s precautionary and operative costs are
identified and calculated. It is shown that it is possible to get estimates
for the cargo component of the VTTV (Value of Transport Time Variability)
valid for the specific company based on the precautionary costs, the
operative costs for delays and for the costs for cancellations separately
or in combination. Further case studies are advocated in order to cover the
whole freight transport market and study the differences between different
segments of the market.
Keywords: Value of Transport Time Variability (VTTV); Rail freight transports; Freight train delays; Monetary valuation; Precautionary costs; Operative costs; Cost-benefit analysis; Case study; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: R41; R42; R48; (follow links to similar papers)
20 pages, February 26, 2014
Published in: European Transport Research Review, Vol. 7, Issue 1, March 2015.
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