Transport minister Chris Hipkins has warned of the dangers of an oversupply of rail and said there is “no rush” to implement a new freight train system.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Hipkins said it was “absolutely vital” that freight trains were built in the next decade and the “next generation” of trains should include a “small, safe and modern” technology.
“The fact is there is no rush to introduce rail capacity capacity to meet our changing needs,” he said.
“Rail capacity is absolutely essential for us to meet future demand.”
If we don’t invest in the infrastructure to enable rail to operate, then it will be a lost decade for Australia and for all Australians.
“Mr Hipkins also outlined plans for a new “reversal logistics expert” role for the Government, in which people with expertise in logistics would be available to advise on “revenue neutral” measures such as the introduction of a freight train network.”
It’s a very important role for us and we want to keep it going,” he added.
Mr Hipakis said he wanted to make it easier for businesses to access new train routes.”
We know that our economy is booming, so it is imperative that we have a level playing field when it comes to attracting and retaining business,” he told the ABC.”
Businesses can now access a number of new train services through the use of the reverse logistics expert.
“Mr Hickey said the Government wanted to encourage the adoption of reverse logistics, but also to “make sure that we keep a fair playing field”.”
I think we have to recognise that there is a long-term challenge to make sure that reverse logistics can continue to grow,” he argued.
Mr Hizzons comments follow similar ones made by Minister for Rail and Road Stephen Mullighan last month, who said “some rail capacity will be needed for some freight rail capacity”.”
Some of that capacity will have to be built by a private entity, but it will need to be done with reverse logistics expertise,” he suggested.
Mr Mullighans comments came as Transport Minister Chris Hipkin announced that a new reverse logistics specialist would be established within the Government.”
What I want to do is to provide a very strong voice for the reverse engineering industry, the reverse engineers, to have a voice and a voice of their own, a voice that’s consistent with our values of fair play,” Mr Hipkin said.
Mr Huckaby said the Minister was “incredibly lucky” to be given the opportunity to be involved in such a critical sector.”
He is a great example of the importance of reverse engineering,” he wrote on Twitter.”
His passion for reverse engineering is something we all admire.
“I’m sure he will be able to contribute to our future research and development, and help shape our future rail system.”
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