Freight Transport Group (FTG)
The Future of Freight Rail in Australia
Into the future, business as usual practices in the freight transport industry will no longer be sufficient to ensure Australia’s international competitiveness in light of the challenges posed:
- The doubling of the land freight task by 2020, and the tripling of the task by 2050;
- The projected growth of Australia’s population to 35 million by 2050;
- The resultant road congestion issues (projected to cost Australia $30 billion p.a. by 2020);
- The resultant scarcity of urban land;
- The inefficiencies caused by the large volume, often inconsistent and duplicative regulations;
- Increasing cost of liquid fuels; and
- The move towards a carbon restricted economy.
The Australasian Railway Association advocates a multi-modal solution to the challenges facing freight transportation.
The right mode should be utilised for the task at hand taking into consideration the economic, environmental, reliability and safety performance of that mode.
Rail is the most cost effective mode of transport for inter-capital containerised freight movements.
Rail is a smarter economic choice for freight haulage for Australia. One freight train from Melbourne to Sydney replaces 110 semi-trailers travelling on the road.
Rail is up to 9 times safer than road freight.
- National Freight Strategy & the Role of Rail
- The Case for Inland Rail (Note: This is an ARTC publication)
- Road Pricing Reforms in Australia
- Single Economic Regulator for land transport
- Track Classifications Map - National overview
- Track Classifications Map - State by State
(Note: This is an advocacy document. Please refer to your track manager for operational axle loads.)
- Submission to Infrastructure Victoria on the Second Container Terminal Evidence Base Discussion Paper (19-01-17)
- IA Submission (31-08-15)
- NT Remote and Regional Transport Strategy (03-08-15)
- ARA Submission to the ALP on National Policy Platforms: Consultation Draft(17-06-15)
- On track - Bromelton Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct project receives federal funds (09-12-15)
- Inland Rail project gaining traction with services tender open (01-11-15)
- ARA applauds Inland Rail Delivery Plan announcement (11-09-15)