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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
56 FORUM 2012 SESSION 4 Making Intermodal Freight Work Tania Whyte, President Commercial -- Linfox Logistics, chaired the second day's first session, entitled 'Making Intermodal Freight Work'. The panel included Hans Anneveldt, General Manager QR Intermodal; Chris Keast, Director Pacific National Rail, Asciano; Air Vice Marshall Margaret Staib AM from the Joint Logistics Command Centre, Defence; and Paul Ebsworth, Divisional Director, Toll Domestic Forwarding Division. Each of the members discussed how they could improve intermodal freight transport. Mr Keast suggested the key to improving reliability is in sharing data between intermodal users and operators. Mr Ebsworth said getting freight through Sydney was an issue and encouraged retained focus on building passing loops and double stacking in order to move more freight by rail. Mr Keast said despite the investment in rail on the north- south route along the east coast, road continues to dominate the freight task. 'The inland rail route has some serious potential benefits,' Mr Keast says. 'If you're serious about a modal shift to rail from road then you have to be able to run an 800-metre train double-stacked for 20 to 22 hours. Then that's an interesting value proposition.' Mr Keast said more rail on the east coast would require another intermodal facility west of Melbourne and more terminal capacity in Brisbane, too. Mr Keast also noted that rail and road have unequal playing fields. The carbon tax hits rail operators, which emit less carbon, and exempts road operators for now. Also, rail must pay for its access to routes. Truck operators pay far less. 'Access fees account for about 25 per cent of my costs,' Mr Keast says. 'When Paul [Ebsworth] runs his trucks, access probably accounts for five per cent of his costs.' Mr Ebsworth said it was up to rail to improve reliability. He said many of his customers switched to road transport to ensure shipments arrived on time. Air Vice Marshall Staib weighed into the Moorebank debate by saying the Department of Defence would not be able to move out of Moorebank quickly without impacting on the Australian Defence Force's 14 military operations around the world. 'We have 5500 soldiers, sailors and airmen and women working overseas,' Ms Staib said. 'In terms of getting support to them, that is absolutely critical.' Much of the cargo dispatched to those operations comes out of sites neighbouring Moorebank, she said. Session 4 Panel discussion