• Hannah Phillips

Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Project Underway

To support regional industry to harness the benefits from the construction of Inland Rail, the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has commenced the Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Pilot Project.

The project will build an understanding of regional supply chains to assist industry to prepare for Inland Rail and to optimise regional freight flows.

The Parkes to Narromine section of the Inland Rail project will be analysed as a pilot study.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the project is an important step towards maximising the benefits of the Inland Rail.

“The Australian Government is committed to working with industry and the regions to realise the benefits from the delivery of Inland Rail as it moves towards construction in 2018. This is another step toward delivering this significant investment in Australia’s freight future.”

“The Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Pilot Project will be informed by local community leaders and supply chain participants. The Australian Government will work closely with State Governments and local councils to ensure the project informs planning and freight network strategies.” said Mr McCormack.

The pilot will use the CSIRO Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) to analyse existing freight supply chains.

TraNSIT has been used in previous research to test the benefits of road upgrades and calculate transport benefits for industry and various levels of government.

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