>> MDS Transmodal's presentation to Global Liner Shipping Conference April 2014 in Hamburg is available for download.

>> CONFERENCE:  The role of ports in supporting the energy sector, London 4 March 2014. More

>> MDS Transmodal's presentation to Ro-Ro Shipping Conference February 2014 in Gothenburg is available for download.

>> Rail Freight:  The Impact of HS2

While the debate rages about the costs and benefits of HS2 to the British passenger transport network and its economy, less attention has been paid to the impact of the new high speed rail line on rail freightMore

>> CONFERENCE:  3rd Annual Port & Rail Expanasion Summit – Turkey, Black Sea and Mediterranean,  Istanbul 10 April 2014. More

>>  MDS Transmodal have produced Rail Freight Forecasts for 2023/4, 2033/4 & 2043/4 to help inform Network RailRead more here.

>>  "Felixstowe offers cheaper gateway into UK, says study" was the headline in The Daily Telegraph on 12 August 2013, referring to the results of recent research carried out by MDS Transmodal. To read the article click here.

>> An article on the potential impact of P3 by Mike Garratt and Antonella Teodoro was published in Lloyds List on 23 July.  To read the article click here.

>> MDS Transmodal presented a paper on The Impact of the Sulphur Emission Control Area on the Scotland-Continent Ferry Service at the Scottish Transport Applications & Research (STAR) conference in Glasgow on 17 April 2013.  The authors, Chris Rowland and Chris Wright, received the Best Paper Award from the organisers for their article. Download the paper here.

>>  MDS Transmodal's presentation to Global Liner Shipping Conference 2013 in London is available for download.

>> Marco Polo Programme enters its final year. MDS Transmodal provides advice on developing applications for funding. Read more here.

>> The authoritative rail industry journal Modern Railways published a letter from MDS Transmodal in February 2013. Read letter here.

>> MDS Transmodal gave the keynote speech at Local Transport Today’s Rail and Freight Conference in London, January 2013. Read more here.

>> MDS Transmodal's presentation to BPA Conference in Workington is available for download.

>> MDS Transmodal's presentation on "European best practices and future perspectives in urban freight transport" at the annual conference of the International Federation of Warehousing and Logistics Association in Rome, May 2012 is available for download here.

>> MDS Transmodal's presentation to RORO 2012 Conference in Gothenburg is available for download.

>> BoxTradeIntelligence attended UKTI-International Port Projects Seminar.  Handouts are available here .

>> BoxTradeIntelligence has released an analysis of Asia-Europe Westbound trade lane.  It is available here .

>> MDS Transmodal's presentation to Intermodal Europe 2011 conference in Hamburg is available for download.

>> MDS Transmodal's presentation on Port Infrastructure Development to RenewableUK 2011 conference in London is available for download

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GBFM – the Great Britain Freight Model

GBFM is an integrated software/database system linking domestic and international GB freight data with simple economic models for explaining freight demand and allowing trend and scenario based forecasting.  The model has been developed independently by MDS Transmodal, originally as an in-house system to make good use of available transport data. 

GBFM has since been expanded, in partnership with various organisations including the UK Department for Transport (ITEA Division), the Freight Transport Association and HM Revenue and Customs.  GFBM has recently undergone a major overhaul.  Version 5.0 was released in early 2008.  See the methodology and user guide. 

GBFM is an evolving system. It represents our attempt to provide a tool for establishing a consensus on the impact of transport policy, the causes of traffic growth, the relationship between trade and inland traffic and the effects of competing transport modes. Outputs from the model include modal forecasts and results that can be assigned to networks and represented graphically. 

We have used the model for many commercial and policy orientated applications including: 

  • National road forecasts
  • National rail forecasts 
  • Port traffic forecasting   
  • Local and regional studies 
  • Lorry road user charging 
  • Impact of higher fuel costs 
  • Justifying the need and modelling the traffic generated for various proposed rail-connected warehousing sites 
  • Testing the viability of proposed ferry routes