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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
TABLE 3: Developing clearly articulated freight transport plans Transport Plans. Build on and integrate the AusLink corridor strategies and the Infrastructure Australia Agenda to provide a clear and comprehensive plan for transport infrastructure of national importance, including port access links. There has been considerable progress centred on development of the National Ports Strategy and the National Freight Strategy. The latter is still under development and must be robust and practical. Most importantly, the Ports and Freight Strategies must elicit firm commitments to deliver essential on-the-ground reform agendas and improvements within a reasonable timeframe. Develop Comprehensive Strategies. Develop comprehensive freight and logistics strategies covering both rural and urban freight movements in all states. Develop clearly articulated freight transport plans. There has been ongoing implementation of investment strategies to improve the National Network, including the Hume and Pacific Highways. There is also major progress at the moment with the development of the National Freight, Port and Urban Strategies. Their quality will colour state-based strategies. Much depends on implementation plans, where the 'rubber hits the road' in terms of freight improvements. The Commonwealth has sought to tie tranches of its infrastructure funding to state implementation of reforms. This needs to be supported. B-double and B-triple Networks. Accelerate the definition and implementation of a national B-Triple network and ensure that the B-Double network is extended to allow access from all significant production facilities to major freight routes. The National Land Freight Strategy Discussion Paper does not make specific reference to the development of a national network for B-doubles and B-triples. There is general discussion surrounding the need for improved planning for freight networks. The expectation is that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator should progress this issue. Fast Track Planning. Effectively implement in each state fast-track planning processes for transport infrastructure of strategic economic significance. Despite reforms by several jurisdictions to fast-track the planning/approval process for projects, there appears to be a lack of progress for many proposals submitted to IA for consideration and returned to proponents for further analysis. The key factors contributing to such delays are unknown. Rest Areas. Provide sufficient rest areas on all major highways to allow effective fatigue management while minimising any impact on the productivity of road haulage operations. The Commonwealth Government has allocated $70 million through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program for the development, among other activities, of rest areas. Climate Change. Undertake a comprehensive national assessment of the effect of climate change on transport infrastructure and develop strategies for managing this effect to minimise the impact on infrastructure cost and reliability. IA has raised the need for proponents to explicitly include options to assess the potential consequences of climate change on infrastructure. However, there appears to be a lack of initiatives to tackle head-on options to mitigate potential impacts of climate change. IA has argued the case for greater consideration to be given to road pricing to better manage urban congestion, but this is yet to be taken up. 78