Transport and regional economic development

This report describes a case study of the capacity of regional transport infrastructure to meet current and future demands of industry. The selected region is comprised largely of the Australian Bureau of Statistics statistical divisions of the South East division of South Australia and the South Western division of Victoria. The region is an important corridor for the transport needs of other regions. The region's transport infrastructure includes a port, road and rail networks, and airports. The study examined the economic structure of the region, the usage of freight transport services and the capacity of those services to meet existing transport demand. The region's potential for production development was assessed. Further, both potential developments outside the region and trends in regulatory and economic policies were appraised as to their likely influence on transport within the region. Finally, a determination was made of the ability of the regional transport infrastructure to meet the transport demand which could stem from development within the region, from external developments of industry and transport affecting the region, and from potential modifications to policies affecting the regulatory and pricing frameworks of transport. Inputs to the study included data from two surveys conducted by the Bureau, a road transport operator survey and an industry survey. The principal conclusions of the study were that: 1) the infrastructure was generally adequate to meet the current transport demand for all modes; 2) there was potential for growth in regional transport demand due to increases in production, and to development within the region and outside it; 3) transfers of some transport demand between modes, and between the region and the surrounding area, may result from regulatory and micro-economic reforms; and 4) transport infrastructure in the region had sufficient capacity to accommodate foreseeable growth and transfer of demand, but appreciable increases in asset preservation costs could occur.

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    Australian Government Publishing Service

    Canberra, ACT   
  • Publication Date: 1992


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: xv + 150p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 74

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01432888
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0644246588
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:16PM