Combined transport is also called the supreme discipline in logistics. By linking the transport modes rail, waterway and road, a variety of political framework conditions are relevant for combined transport in the national and international field.
Infrastructure planning, funding programmes and guidelines as well as standards for combined transport are crucial in this respect. Both in the European context and in the national area, the guidelines and regulations on the definition, process conditions and authorised procedures determine the implementation possibilities of intermodal transport and thus the options for shifting goods to the more environmentally friendly modes of transport rail and inland waterways.
The presentation here focuses on funding instruments for combined transport in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), for the transport infrastructure planning essential to the plans and an extract of important guidelines and standards underlying the combined transport system.