WA’s first regional freight infrastructure blueprint released

Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell this week announced the release of the Western Australian Regional Freight Transport Network Plan, providing a long-term infrastructure blueprint for the development of the State’s regional roads, rail lines and port authorities.

Buswell said the plan articulated strategic planning, policy and capital investment priorities to meet the freight transport demands of major industries and diverse communities across Western Australia to 2031.

“As the State’s population and economy continue to grow strongly, so too does the scale of the freight task in WA’s regions. By 2031 this task will be more than twice what it is today,” he said.

“The plan emphasises the State Government’s role in developing an efficient regional freight network, and its partnership with the private sector, particularly in relation to port and rail network development.

“It demonstrates that a substantial proportion of regional freight movements will continue to concentrate on a relatively small number of major corridors and facilities creating, in effect, a principal regional freight network for the State.

“Focusing the State’s freight planning, policy and project initiatives on this principal regional freight network, and ensuring its integration with major metropolitan freight corridors and facilities, will secure the greatest net benefit for the State and ensure the strength of the overall transport system.”

The Minister said the plan highlighted upcoming transport needs by providing an integrated set of short, medium and long-term strategic planning, policy and capital investment project priorities for the State’s regions.

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