Regional rail freight – rationalising the debate

 Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Gray

Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Gray

Australians like trains, but their governments seem not to. At least the Commonwealth and States, that is. Many local councils would like more train services, but have not been in a position to obtain them. Since undertaking a research project on regional passenger trains for what was then the New South Wales Local Government and Shires Associations 10 years ago, I have been working with and near local government in its attempts to investigate and promote rail freight. They have made progress, but it has been slow and very difficult to achieve.

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