Article by: Hari Yellina
As gasoline prices rise, new modelling suggests that Inland Rail may save some agriculture commodities about $100 in transportation expenses. According to CSIRO, switching from road to inland rail could save up to $213 million per year in freight transportation expenditures. Horticulture would benefit the most, with savings of up to $99.21 per tonne. Moreover, croppers could save $48.87 per tonne, animal transport costs could fall by 9%, and processed food transport costs could fall by $57.82 per tonne. Regional intermodal freight to and from large urban centres and ports is expected to be reduced by $62 per tonne (31%), according to the analysis.
Barnaby Joyce, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, said the savings justified the $14.5 billion project, which is expected to be finished by 2027. “We are implementing the project as rapidly as feasible because inland rail provides us with the best possibility for supporting economic development in regional areas,” Mr Joyce added. By lowering freight costs for businesses and industries along the route, they will be able to expand and hire more Australians in the future, assisting regional economies to develop. Shifting freight from the road to the rail will lower the cost of delivering goods and commodities to ports and make it easier to sell products like coal, which are essential to the way of life.
Inland Rail is expected to remove 200,000 vehicles from the road each year, or 150 B-doubles per train between Melbourne and Brisbane. Finance Minister Simon Birmingham stated that it will assist to increase competition among freight companies. “CSIRO modelling demonstrates how Inland Rail might reduce transportation costs for over 90 commodities across Australia,” he stated. This emphasises the importance of establishing a national freight network that provides farmers and enterprises with more affordable access to local and international markets.
Inland Rail is altering the way products are transported across Australia. This 1,700-kilometer rail project will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland, completing our national freight network and providing new opportunities for businesses, industries, and regional communities. Goods can be delivered faster and more reliably to our rising population, as well as to worldwide markets, thanks to inland rail. It also means fewer carbon emissions and safer, less congested roadways.