National online key freight routes map launched

Media Release

WT405/2015

04 December 2015

A new cornerstone has been laid to help Australia's freight logistics industries to cost effectively connect regions and cities to the world, with the launch of the national key freight routes map as an interactive online tool.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the online map details key road and rail routes used by freight operators throughout the country.

“The map provides a detailed picture of the road and rail routes connecting Australia's nationally significant places for freight, including ports, airports and intermodal terminals,” Mr Truss said.

“The interactive map will help people develop a greater understanding of our national land freight system and the online format allows users to overlay other base-maps and datasets, and zoom in to a high level of detail.

“Future development of the maps will further support planning and investment decisions, regulatory purposes and customer service features for the transport and logistics industry.”

The map is expected to be of interest to a range of users including the transport and logistics industry, all levels of government, land use planners, researchers, and property and business groups.

The national key freight routes map can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development's website and the NationalMap website, enabling users to overlay a broader range of useful datasets.

Mapping Australia's key freight routes has been an initiative of the Australian Government in partnership with all state and territory governments working through the Transport and Infrastructure Council.