ROADS TO NOWHERE: The Monthly on why road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous

This recent article in The Monthly is worth a read in light of the Perth Freight Link.
Key points include:

  • Australia’s shift to the roads has locked us into a freight system that is inherently more costly, more carbon intensive and more dangerous.
  • The cost of moving 1 tonne of freight by road over a distance of 1 kilometre is 7.5 cents for road, more than double the 3.5 cents for rail.
  • The greenhouse-gas emissions for road are more than triple those for rail: 52 grams per tonne kilometre versus 15 for rail
  • trucks cause around 20% of all road fatalities in Australia even though they make up only 2.5% of the vehicles on the road (thinking of that weird Roe 8 ad at this point)

https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2014/december/1417352400/paul-cleary/roads-nowhere

It finishes by noting even Trucking magnate Lindsay Fox  has said Australia had to shift back to rail if it were to have a viable freight system. Food for thought.

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One Response to ROADS TO NOWHERE: The Monthly on why road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous

  1. I think the cost depends on the supply chain logistics management firm, some freight forwarding company doesn’t charge that much but it really depends on the shipping company. I agree also that it is quite dangerous because i’ve been reading some news lately about cargo theft, it is about land freight.

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