The ARA’s new report, the Australian Rail Industry Report, features contributions from 22 rail operators. The association’s chief executive officer, Bryan Nye, said he was encouraged by the statistics outlined in the report, with activity in passenger, light rail and freight all increasing on the previous year.
“This report has shown that passenger journeys on rail increased by 15.4 million in one year taking the total annual figure up to 784.2 million journeys,” Nye said.
The report also shows light rail journeys on the rise, growing by 7.3 million in 2011/12 to reach 166.5 million in total.
“If you look back to 2008, there has been a staggering increase of 84 million passenger journeys on rail, proving that Australians are seeing rail as a viable transport option now more than they ever have before,” he said.
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Whilst this is certainly good news, a lot more can be done on the freight side.
In terms of passenger growth, we read capacity is an issue in networks like Melbourne so the passengers must be able to get onto services. 784.2m journeys, how does this compare to metropolitan car journeys over the same period in terms of volume and also growth?
It would be interesting to see a breakdown over the 22 operators to see where the increased volumes are.
That reading will have to wait for another day.