The the implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy in the 2020 Infrastructure Priority List released by Infrastructure Australia has been welcomed by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
ALC CEO Kirk Coningham said the inclusion on the Infrastructure Priority List can help to encourage investment opportunities in critical projects and help to progress initiatives vital to Australia's economic interests and enhancing the liveability of communities.
“IA’s rigorous, independent assessment process means governments, investors and the wider community can have confidence that investing in the projects and initiatives contained on the list will address genuine economic and social needs,” he said.
“The National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, first included on the list in 2016, is an obvious example," said Coningham.
ALC was pleased the Strategy remained as a High Priority Initiative on this year’s list and recognised the renewed focus that underscored the importance of its implementation phase.
“It is especially pleasing to see a high degree of alignment between projects and initiatives contained on the Infrastructure Priority List and priorities reflected in the National Action Plan associated with the Strategy," Coningham said.
Under those terms, the ALC highlighted the following projects:
• Completing the Port Botany freight rail line duplication
• Constructing the North East Link in Melbourne to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance freight efficiency
• Preserving a corridor for a dedicated freight rail connection from Inland Rail to the Port of Brisbane
• Completing the Adelaide North-South corridor upgrade
• Investing in road and rail improvements for the Burnie to Hobart freight corridor
• Upgrading road connections and road capacity for Moorebank Intermodal Terminal and Western Sydney Airport
• Implementation of the Advanced Train Management System on the ARTC network
• Improving mobile telecommunications in regional and rural areas to enhance the safety and efficiency of freight operations
The ALC also welcomed the inclusion of new freight-specific projects on the list for 2020, including the Peak Downs Highway Realignment (QLD) and the Bindoon Bypass (WA), both of which it said will enhance freight connectivity, efficiency and transit times.
“ALC notes that the Sydney Gateway remains listed as a High Priority Initiative which will allow 'port traffic to avoid local arterial roads,'" said Coningham.
"As ALC and industry groups have previously observed, this objective can only be fully realised if the NSW Government reinstates dedicated access ramps for heavy vehicles at Canal Rd in the design for the project.”