Trucking boss supports rail freight plan but doubts delivery
IT'S one thing to have a good idea, but implementing it is an entirely different kettle of fish.
Responding to the State Government's proposed freight transport reforms, Rocky's Own Transport chief executive officer Bryan Smith yesterday said he supported the vision but doubted whether it would come to fruition.
The Queensland Moving Freight Strategy, announced earlier this week, aims to improve rail freight and take trucks off the road.
"There is definitely opportunity for better use of rail, but not every Woolworths and Coles supermarket has a rail head," he said.
"The product still needs to be distributed to these points."
Mr Smith said rail was expensive and time-consuming to build.
"Every government for the last 30 years has said they were going to do the same thing," he said.
"But with our short-term government it doesn't really allow enough time for anything to happen. The big issue is we need to increase the election cycle."
He said anything that was done, really needed to be done on a national level with all transport systems interconnected.
"With about a 7% growth rate in freight each year I don't think it's going to severely reduce the number of trucks on the roads," he said.