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Published in Logistics & Transport NZ: Using rail to take pressure off roads

October 15, 2019

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Principal Consultant Andrew Maughan explains how using rail is an economic way to take pressure off freight movements on South Island roads in New Zealand

By Andrew Maughan

How do we choose if we move freight by road, rail, or coastal shipping modes in New Zealand? Is the true cost of moving freight by each of these modes understood and factored into decision making? South Island transport infrastructure owners want to know the answers—freight movements are expected to increase by 40 per cent within 30 years, and they need to know how to plan for this. Andrew Maughan finds the answer in rail.

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