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New road freight figures to inform road planning
Policy makers will have access to better data on road freight movements to inform future road planning, with a joint Federal and State funded report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing the first snapshot of road freight movements in 13 years.
The study, funded by government transport agencies, addresses a major gap in information about the movement of Freight within Australia via road.
Amanda Clark from the ABS said road freight originating from New South Wales represents one quarter (25.3 per cent) of all road freight transported in Australia. This was followed by Queensland at 23.4 per cent.
Over 95 per cent of the total tonnes carried by road were carried within the same state of origin and destination.
“Sand, stone and gravel was the most common commodity moved across all states and territories, making up about 23 per cent of the total tonnes moved across Australia,” Ms Clark said.
More details are available in Road Freight Movements, Australia, 2014 (cat. no 9223.0) available for free download from the ABS website, www.abs.gov.au
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