28 - 29 May, 2018 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Higgins

Principal Research Scientist

2:05 PM CASE STUDY: Transport Modelling to Demonstrate the Impact of Rail improvements on Agriculture

Transport Infrastructure moves over 80 million tonnes of Australian agricultural output. In order to demonstrate the costs and benefits of infrastructure investments, CSIRO developed the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) to analyse the impact of road and rail upgrades on the future of agriculture supply chains. For the Inland Rail, this means options for reduced costs and increased volumes for other agricultural commodities. Recent applications of grain through an initiative of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper showed rail movements for grain can save roughly $200m per annum compared to if shifted to road. This session will explore:

  • Providing data analysis to inform investments for rail infrastructure, including new freight hubs and integration with road transport
  • Harnessing data as a means to identify the regions and routes that will benefit from upgrades to improve connectivity and efficiencies in the agricultural supply chain
  • Discussion on potential applications to support long term growth of the Inland Rail freight movements, and adaptation of supply chains for various commodities and optimising the use of rail and road

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