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Taking advantage of reality

Opinió | 13/11/2000

We don’t need more roads or railway lines: we need to know how to use them

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Frederic Sabrià, a lecturer in logistics at IESE, has an original idea about the infrastructure crisis: now is not the time to build costly new infrastructures, but rather to use those that we already have. Andreu Ulied talks to Sabrià in “The discontent of a small Europe”.


After twenty years of planning and executing logistic and transport infrastructures, Catalonia should not worry about continuing to expand the port, the airport, the suburban and high-speed rail network, the roads and the logistic centres. The true challenge today is to be capable of taking advantage of everything that we already have, which is improvable but which may be sufficient. This is the idea of Frederic Sabrià, a lecturer in logistics at IESE, in his conversation with Andreu Ulied.

At present there are applicable solutions based on innovation in order to be able to optimize the infrastructures already available and to extract all the added value possible from them. It will be difficult, maintains Sabrià, but we should tend towards concepts such as hybrid vehicles for slow lanes or, for example, tariffs of mobility rights: a system which measures use and offers incentives to improve management of vehicular traffic. We don’t need more roads or railway lines: we need to know how to use them.

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