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The Melbourne to Brisbane Rail Alliance (MBIRA) has welcomed the release of a CSIRO pilot study that details the potential transport savings that are set to eventuate from the Inland Rail.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack last week launched the pilot study, jointly funded by the CSIRO and the Australian Government, which determined that shifting horticulture and processed agriculture from road to rail could reduce transport costs for the agricultural industry by an estimated $70 million per year.
"MBIRA has lobbied since 2007 for the Inland Rail to capitalise on the economic development opportunities that efficient rail access can generate," MBIRA chair Cr Sue Price said in a statement.
"So it is encouraging that the CSIRO's findings validate the Australian Government's strategic investment into this piece of nationally significant piece of infrastructure.
"Inland Rail is the catalyst for a multitude of benefits for the nation, including reduced freight transit times, lower transport costs, better supply chain access, improved road safety, increased competitiveness of agriculture, and opening up our export markets to compete in the world market."
CSIRO conducted the pilot study in 2018 using TraNSIT (Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool), along with extensive industry engagement, to focus on Parkes to Narromine in Central West NSW.
TraNSIT works by analysing every possible combination of transport routes and modes (road and rail) and determining those that optimise vehicle movements between enterprises in the agriculture supply chain.
This article first appeared on www.moreechampion.com.au
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