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24 Novembre 2020

Australia

RAIL INDUSTRY GREW BY 14 PER CENT FROM 2016 TO 2019

The value of the rail sector to Australia’s economy has grown by 14 per cent, as shown in a new report from Deloitte Access Economics, on behalf of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). From 2016 to 2019, the Australian rail industry grew by $3.7 billion. Today, the rail industry contributes $30bn to the Australian economy, 1.5 per cent of the national total. Employment growth has also jumped, with a 16 per cent increase since 2016, equivalent to 20,000 new workers joining the industry. There was marked growth in the freight sector, with a 50 per cent increase in employment to 21,146 full time equivalent workers. The passenger sector increased by 35 per cent while the rollingstock manufacturing and repair industry remained at 2016 levels. ARA CEO Caroline Wilkie said that the continued growth in patronage and freight carried by rail would benefit the economy as a whole. “If just 20 per cent more people used trains or trams for their commute compared to 2016, it would deliver $1.2 billion in social and environmental benefits to Australia,” she said. “Rail freight produces 16 times less carbon pollution that road and improves the safety of our highways and country roads,” said Wilkie. With COVID-19 seeing a dramatic drop in passenger patronage, Wilkie said that it was imperative that governments encourage commuters back onto public transport as it is safe to do so for the economy and community to continue experiencing the benefits of rail transportation. The report forecasts healthy growth for the passenger sector following COVID-19, with a predicted 16 per cent growth in use of passenger services by 2026. Rail freight is also expected to see further growth over the years ahead. Of the 4.1 per cent increase in the national freight task from 2017 to 2019, rail carried the majority, 56 per cent. In terms of future growth, the rail freight sector as a whole is expected to grow by 41 per cent between 2016 and 2030. “With Inland Rail to deliver more capacity on the network, we must focus now on ensuring the right policies are in place to support greater use of rail freight by other sectors.” “The ARA has long campaigned for a new approach to government procurement processes to give the Australian rail manufacturing sector the scale it needs to invest and innovate,” said Wilkie.  (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: Rail Express