The aim of this freight transport outlook paper is to identify existing and future changes and try to predict their impact on the industry. The outlook for freight in transport industry is dependent upon changes in demand for services, changes in the ability of industry to supply the required services and the interaction between supply and demand. Possible changes in supply and demand likely to occur during the next five years are detailed. The most significant of the anticipated changes in demand are 1) total freight transport task is expected to grow at approximately the same rate as general economic activity as measured by GDP, 2) most spectacular area of growth in demand will be in the transport of coal for export, 3) growth in international air freight. Other pressures will result in changes to the industry. For the road transport sector the most significant changes will be an increase in the real price of fuel, increasing domination by the major road haulers, and less regulated environment. The mode which will probably be most affected by change will be the railways. The number of the covering abstract of the conference is IRRD no. 235123.

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    Australian Government Publishing Service

    109 Canberra Avenue
    Griffith, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Publication Date: 1978


  • English

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 47 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00188332
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0 642 03796 5
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM