ROADS TO NOWHERE: The Monthly on why road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous
July 29, 2015 1 Comment
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)
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.