In this editorial, the author discusses the rationalisation problems associated with the Victorian Railways (Australia) which is described as a network of 6578 km of routes radiating from the capital city of Melbourne and the grain ports of Geelong and Portland. In Melbourne itself, population 2.6 M, the metropolitan rail network comprises 339 route-km of commuter lines, of which 188 km are electrified at 1500 volts DC, providing some 1600 M passenger-km annually. The roles of rail and road transport are reviewed, leading to the publication of the Bland report, submitted to the government in 1972, which recommended that the long term interests of Victoria would best be served if there were a progressive extension of the scope for real competition between the railways and the road operators, with ultimate distribution of traffic between modes being based on marked determined charges related to real costs. Changes adopted following the government's acceptance of the Bland report in March 1972 are described, e.g. Contract road buses, branch line passenger services, closure of branch lines, rationalisation of freight operators and the establishment of regional freight centres. A railway map of the Victorian lines provides information on routes on which rail passenger services have been replaced by contract bus services, routes where changeover is in course but not yet completed, lines which have been closed or recommended for closure and freight centres in operation as at 1.3.78. It is noted that the most distant station from Melbourne is 633 km and the average haul for freight is 277 km.

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  • Authors:
    • Gibbs, A G
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 533-541
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194144
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM