Freight task expected to triple by 2050


25-Sep-2017

Freight task expected to triple by 2050

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana chair John Walkom said a study commissioned by the organisation predicts the regional freight task will grow significantly over the next 20 years, with an increase of 76 per cent on current volumes expected by 2035.

Mr Walkom said the Orana Freight and Logistics Capability Study, conducted by Urbis, showed that the NSW Freight task was expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050.*

“The focus of the analysis is the freight and logistics network that underpins the Orana region while also recognising the interconnectivity between the region and the broader state and national freight networks.

“The existing freight and logistics networks underpinning the Orana region do not yet constrain regional productive capacity nor impede access to markets.”

However, without additional investment, the increased freight task may create new constraints and barriers in the network over time.

“The freight task around the regional hub of Dubbo is expected to intensify significantly by 2035, with key corridors likely to be leaned upon to handle growth.

“This in turn places additional pressure on local councils to fund increased future maintenance costs.”

Mr Walkom explained some of the added pressures included road conditions, traffic congestion and accessibility from freight hubs to ports.

They could constrain regional productive capacity and impede market access, thereby damaging Orana’s future economic prosperity.

“An efficient freight and logistics network is critical to facilitate competitiveness and growth in regional areas of NSW by ensuring optimised end-to-end connectivity.”

As such, the report states that an integrated approach to industry and network planning and investment will be necessary to ensure future productivity, access to markets and haulage opportunities are made available.

“The challenges and impediments impacting the regional network have the potential to result in higher freight costs for regional producers and industry, impacting regional competitiveness and profitability, resulting in higher costs to consumers.”

*NSW Government draft Central West and Orana Regional Plan 2016

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