Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Structural reform and infrastructure investment have fuelled the Rail Freight Transport industry as demand for bulk transport has grown. Industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 5.2% over the five years through 2013-14. Increased downstream demand from mining has driven this growth as exports of coal and iron ore rose. While revenue growth has been generally solid, a decrease in intermodal traffic over 2008-09 and flooding of coalmines in Queensland during 2010-11 affected the industry's performance during the period. In 2013-14, revenue is forecast to grow by 4.5% to $7.5 billion.
Historically, state governments have run the industry, with a primary focus on transporting resources to ports for export... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The main areas of industry activity are segmented according to the type of freight: bulk or non-bulk. Australia is home to a number of dedicated railways servicing the Mining division and the Agriculture subdivision. These services were built to move tradeable output to port as directly and quickly as possible. Interstate connections to facilitate trade were built later than export-orientated railways and still play a smaller role than dedicated bulk railways.
Bulk freight transport
Bulk freight transport involves moving homogenous goods in custom wagons. These wagons are designed to maximise volumes carried rather than ease transhipment. Typical bulk commodities transported by the industry include coal, metalliferous minerals and grain... purchase to read more