Issue: Australia’s freight task is predicted to double from 500 billion tonne kilometres today to 1000 billion tonne kilometres by 2030 and grow to 1400 billion tonne kilometres by 2050. To meet this raising freight task, Australia needs to move freight on rail. This involves both interstate and intrastate movements.
ALC position: ALC encourages governments to place a higher priority on investing in short haul rail connecting ports to intermodal facilities to facilitate more efficient freight movements; improve urban amenity; reduce road congestion and decrease queuing times at ports. ALC also encourages governments to do the planning necessary to progress the inland rail route which would boost rail’s share on the north south corridor. See ALC election priorities document Time to Deliver.