A National Freight Data Hub will be established to improve the efficiency of Australia’s freight transport network – and the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) has played a huge role in making it happen.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Michael McCormack has confirmed $8.5 million will be used to establish the data hub, which will help to track freight use and identify choke-points and congestion nationwide.
ARRB was involved in project management and providing technical expertise for the Federal Government-funded reports which have led to the funding green-light for the data hub.
The Government has accepted a recommendation within the reports to establish a National Freight Data Hub, which will act as the nation’s central collector and disseminator of freight data.
It would mean for the first time there will be a central, neutral collection point for data of all freight transport system users – private companies, regulators, state transport departments and other government agencies.
As the National Transport Research Organisation, ARRB was involved in producing the report along with Deakin Uni (leading in Best Practice), University of Queensland (leading in Data Collection and Analysis), University of NSW (supporting the Data Requirements), the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre and several key consultants - Ingilby Dickson, Andrew Ethell, Joe Branigan and Nick Hudson.
Click here for the final iMOVE report
Click here for the Federal Government media release