Analysis of urban freight by rail using event based simulation

Adam Motraghi, Marin Varbanov Marinov*

*Corresponding author for this work

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For the objectives of this discussion an event based simulation model using ARENA is developed to solidify the merits of moving urban freight by rail and demonstrates that it is a viable alternative to the most popular methods in today's freight markets. A number of technologies are examined, that can be used in the movement of urban freight by rail and look at case studies which have adopted this very methodology to deliver urban freight. More specifically the model developed is used to analyse the current situation, evaluate alternatives and maximise utilisation of the proposed rail system. The information obtained is put to use by designing a freight system for the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, at the very core of which will utilise rail infrastructure. This system aims to be market competitive and to restore faith in transporting urban freight by rail. By doing so, we hope that our results achieve a significant level of usefulness and practicality so that they could be considered when designing future urban freight systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-89
Number of pages17
JournalSimulation modelling practice and theory
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • City logistics
  • Event based simulation
  • Metro
  • Rail
  • Systems performance
  • Urban freight


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