Thursday, June 25, 2009

Inland water transport

Up to 240 million tonnes of bulk goods are transported per year via the German Federal waterways, which amounts to between 60 and 65 billion tonne-kilometres. This equals almost 90 per cent of the goods transport by railway in this country or about 14 million lorry journeys. Moreover, some 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers are carried via inland waterways, which corresponds to another 700,000 lorry journeys.

This way, inland shipping makes a most significant contribution to satisfying the industry's demand for transport services, which are delivered on schedule and in a cost-effective and environmentally compatible manner. German inland shipping and inland ports keep around 400,000 people in work. Inland passenger vessels, including river cruise ships, are also growing in economic significance. Many millions of tourists travel in them each year, enjoying the delightful waterside landscapes.

Source :,1898.964413/Waterways-as-transport-routes.htm

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Edinburgh Airport improves transport information

Passengers will be able to get transport information from Edinburgh Airport after the hub installed touch-screen terminals, according to reports.

City space has provided the interactive information pods located in Edinburgh Airport's arrival halls, which will give passengers access to Traveline Scotland journey planning and BBC road and rail travel news.

Lois Proctor, planning and development executive at Edinburgh Airport, said: "Increasing the uptake of public transport is key to our growth plans and is central to the Airport Surface Access Strategy over the next five years."

It is hoped that the new pods will encourage passengers travelling though Edinburgh Airport to explore Scotland's capital city by travelling on public transport.

"Having access to local and national transport information at the point of need makes public transport a much more attractive option," said Guy Wolfenden, transport director, Cityspace.

Passengers using Edinburgh Airport have been reminded not to wear jewelry designed to look like weapons after complaints from local police.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Transport planning

Transport is a key issue in Medway today. It affects the economic success of the area and the social fabric of the environment. Following public consultation and engagement processes, it became clear that key issues for improvement included:

  • tackling congestion;

  • improvements to public transport services;

  • the journeys to school and work;

  • highway maintenance.

Transport has also been recognised as a key issue when Medway Council consults on other matters, such as rural and youth issues or the provision of services for older people.

The council is required by government to produce a Local Transport Plan built around a five-year integrated transport strategy, devised at local level in partnership with the community.