As far as freight is concerned, ISA notes that road freight accounts for 88.3% of domestic freight compared to 5.9% for rail.
It says much of the current road network is in poor condition, which limits efficiency and productivity. “There are also limited options to get bulk minerals to market,” ISA says.
“For South Australia to fully capture potential growth opportunities from its iron-ore resources, a more efficient bulk export solution must be identified. “Government should work with industry and local councils to identify potential efficiency and safety improvements to supply chains.
Proposed solutions should be evidence-based and mode-agnostic, and should consider incremental investments in the network such as rail spurs and addressing pinch points or first/last mile constraints in the supply chain.”
That is quite an ominous figure for a large state like South Australia pointing to a poor investment record for rail access and bulk port management.
Franchising back on the agenda in South Australia