INFRASTRUCTURE to allow for high productivity vehicles should be a priority for Victoria, a report into the state’s transport network maintains.
The report, Gearing up for success, was prepared by a taskforce on behalf of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
According to the report, it was necessary to “prioritise necessary road and bridge upgrades to facilitate the wider use of high productivity freight vehicles”.
“This will reduce the number of freight trips required, improving productivity, road safety and environmental outcomes,” the report states.
The report also argued for the removal of barriers to the use of overnight road and rail freight capacity and incentivise its use.
Other suggested priorities included:
- Progress building a new east-west runway at Melbourne Airport
- Fast-track the progression of the Avalon Airport Master Plan
- Elevate the role of supply chain management and logistics by establishing a centre for excellence in supply chain management and logistics
- Incorporate more spaces for freight hubs and distribution centres in urban planning
- An efficient and integrated transport system
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Transport Taskforce was made up of:
- Brian Negus, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board member and Taskforce chair
- Jason Price, Port of Melbourne
- Caryn Anderson, Port of Melbourne
- David Collomb, Bombardier
- Richard Elkington, Paradise Consulting
- Mick Gleeson, Unigrain Pty Ltd
- Nerida Kerr, AgBiz Assist Limited
- Associate Professor Hermione Parsons, Deakin University
- Peter van Duyn, Deakin University
- Paul Sabo, Monash University
- Geoff Smith, SCT Logistics
- Peter Valentine, Geelong Taxi Network
- Steven Wojtkiw and Katherine Smith, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Taskforce Policy Secretariat)
Chamber chief executive Mark Stone said there were a number of challenges to be overcome if Victoria’s transport system was to meet service demands from business and the wider community.
“Foremost is the need to improve coordination across different modes of transport and better connect transport and land use planning,” Mr Stone said.
“Given Victoria’s rapid population growth, it is important that governments address these critical community needs with comprehensive plans to improve transport for all road users.”