Market studies, feasibility studies and business cases
The consultancy carries out market and feasibility studies for freight transport services and infrastructure, based on analysis of the market and policy environment. The work generally involves sizing and segmenting the market using in-house databases, analysing the competition and examining the key commercial and economic drivers of demand and supply. We often use freight transport demand modelling techniques to estimate the impact of scenarios on demand in a market sector, transport corridor or for a particular service. Our demand-side feasibility studies usually conclude with the development of a financial model, providing demand, revenue and profit analyses using financial modelling techniques and based on a full understanding of the underlying costs.
These analyses can then be used to develop business cases for presentation to the boards of companies or to public sector bodies as part of Cost Benefit Analysis.
Traffic & revenue forecasts
The consultancy develops forecasts of traffic and revenue for transport infrastructure and services at a global, national and service level, based on modelling techniques and an understanding of the key economic drivers involved. A quantitative approach is taken, generally based on our own databases and economic models and always on an understanding of the market and policy context within which change will occur.
We forecast global supply and demand for the container shipping industry and have developed port, rail freight and air freight demand forecasts for governments, trade associations, infrastructure operators, transport service providers and financial institutions.
Transport capacity analysis
We provide analysis of transport capacity at a global scale for the container and RORO shipping industries. We also analyse capacity issues at a micro level related to port infrastructure on behalf of the public sector and port authorities and related to the capacity of individual railway lines to accommodate additional services on behalf of the developers of rail freight distribution parks and housing developments.