THE CURRENT DOMESTIC FREIGHT SITUATION

This paper focuses on the tasks that are being undertaken by the various modes (i.e. Physical movements) and makes estimates of what the user charges are likely to be in a current year. It is estimated that 1200M tonnes of freight were consigned in 1975-76. Two-thirds of the interstate total of 56M tonnes is carried by sea, with road and rail sharing the remainder in about equal amounts. Of the total intra-state non-urban transport total of over 300M tonnes, nearly all is carried by road and rail. Air transport is most expensive, followed by road, rail and sea. The total user cost in 1975-76, $6400M is equal to 9% of the gdp. User payments to road transport are estimated to be three quarters of the total. In the interstate trade, sea carries most of the bulk liquids and solids, while road and government rail share most of the non-bulk freight task. Pipelines carry two-thirds of the non-urban bulk liquid movements within state borders and rail handles about 60% of total intrastate non-urban freight movements. The number of the covering abstract of the workshop is IRRD no. 236802.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Papers from the Workshop on the Future of Domestic Freight in Australia, Canberra, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Transport Economics, Australia

    P.O. Box 367
    Canberra, A.C.T. 2601,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Quinlan, H G
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM