by Charles Pauka on August 17, 2017 in Breaking News, Government, Rail Freight and Intermodal, SC Management

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has submitted its ‘Ten Point Plan to Creating Greater National Freight and Supply Chain Efficiencies’ to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.

“The ARA supports the development of a national freight and supply chain strategy to guide long term decision making and investments by both government and industry,” said Australasian Railway Association chief executive officer Danny Broad.

“With Australia’s freight task expected to grow by more than 80 per cent between 2011 and 2031 combined with our national population expected to increase to 30.5 million by 2031, it is critical that we act now to ensure that we are able to meet the freight needs of tomorrow."

“The ARA, on behalf of the rail industry has identified ten areas that require attention to enable greater efficiency and productivity for rail freight. They include linking future infrastructure funding to the delivery of reform, commitment to a competitively neutral policy approach to ensure domestic rail freight markets can operate as far as possible on a level footing with other modal choices, a national framework for corridor protection, equitable access pricing for road and rail, as well as Commonwealth, state and territory government investment into rail."

“Other areas for improvement also include maximising efficiency on the existing network, addressing ‘externalities’ that impact upon the Australian community negatively, supporting technology developments, addressing jurisdictional inconsistencies and continuing to identify ways to address challenges associated with different track owners."

The ARA’s ‘Ten Point Plan to Creating National Freight and Supply Chain Efficiencies’submission to the Inquiry into the National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities is available here. A summary of the 10 Point Plan is available here.


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