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CSIRO Supply Chain Mapping

Collaborating with CSIRO: Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Study

Two key Australian Government agencies are partnering on a new project to explore the potential transport savings to regional supply chains along the Inland Rail corridor.

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is working closely with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on the Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Study.

A pilot study looked at the supply chains in the Parkes to Narromine region to estimate the potential transport saving of using Inland Rail. The pilot tested the suitability of the CSIRO Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) to analyse existing regional freight supply chains. TraNSIT has been used in previous research to test the benefits of road upgrades and calculate transport benefits for industry and various levels of government.

The pilot found that the methodology is sound. During 2019, the study will be expanded to fully validate the data and capture the broader elements of the supply chains.

The department will be working closely with State Governments, local councils and other key stakeholders to ensure the project complements local land use planning and freight network strategies.