The Australasian Railway Association has announced its Rail Freight Action Plan, which will focus on reformation, investment, and a modal shift for the rail freight industry.
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For the next three years, the Australasian Railway Association plans to develop its sustainability efforts, through its new guide identifying the environmental initiatives that must be practiced.
The Australasian Railway Association has welcomed the Australian Infrastructure Plan for 2021, which aims to maximise the use of more sustainable, mass transit solutions including, faster rail.
ARA has welcomed the wide range of rail funding announcements that were confirmed in the Australian government's 2021-22 Federal Budget.
For Global Railway Review, the CEO of the Australasian Railway Association, Caroline Wilkie, writes of the prospective benefits of investing in high-speed rail in Australia, and the importance of timing in addressing this issue.
ARA's Chief Executive Officer outlined that, with the relevant policy reforms, the country can deliver "a strong rail manufacturing and supply sector for the long term."
Results from an ARA survey have found that investments into faster rail connections to and from Australian regions should be an immediate priority.
The Australasian Railway Association has said that prioritising innovation will provide the certainty needed to support increased private sector investment and would drive skills development and jobs creation in the rail industry.
The ARA has welcomed the policy that will support a strong Australian rail manufacturing sector and strengthen the supply chain.
Australia's 2020-21 Federal Budget is funding and fast-tracking several rail projects, including $102.3 million for METRONET high capacity signalling in Western Australia.
By making the projects part of the budget, ARA has highlighted the opportunity to invest in jobs-creating projects across the country.
The Victorian Government in Australia has exercised the option for additional VLocity trains, which will be a mix of broad and standard-gauge vehicles.
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed new funding to support the delivery of the Tamworth Intermodal Rail Line to ensure greater use of rail freight in the regions.
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the announcement of a $28 million project to build a direct rail freight line between the Port of Melbourne and Dandenong South.
The Inland Rail project, which is 15 years in the making, is set to deliver significant national benefits for the Australian rail freight sector.