Road and rail freight infrastructure pricing

Infrastructure Freight Transport Productivity Australia
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Most goods produced and consumed in the Australian economy are transported at some stage. With Australia’s dispersed population and production centres, the efficiency of freight transport and infrastructure are important ingredients in overall productivity performance and will continue to be, particularly as the freight task is projected at least to double over the next 20 years.

This inquiry, which stems from a decision of the Council of Australian Governments, focuses on potential causes of inefficiency in road and rail freight. In particular, it addresses concerns that the different charging arrangements for use of road and rail freight infrastructure might be distorting modal choices and leading to inefficient infrastructure investment decisions. 

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