Rail Network Strategy
The primary purpose of the Rail Network Strategy is to:
- inform government transport policy
- support inter-governmental planning
- optimise benefits from investment in rail
- position the rail network to support future demand.
The strategy provides a high-level focus on ensuring a level of availability of strategic rail infrastructure rather than on rail operations on that infrastructure. Rail network investments and individual rail projects will be planned separately, but are intended to be guided by, and be consistent with the strategy.
The strategy has an emphasis on higher-level policies for managing the rail network and informs the coordination of planning between government and rail managers.
The strategy is founded on the basic principals for providing a state rail network which:
- is safe for all stakeholders
- benefits the environment
- is based on informed, prudent and responsible financial decision-making
- supports government priorities.
The objectives of the strategy are:
- The rail network supports the optimum performance of the total transport system.
- The rail network supports the rail transport needs of the community.
- The rail network supports the rail transport needs of industry.
- Exploit opportunities for future growth.
- Provide the framework for informing state investment in the rail network.
- Facilitate external investment in the rail network.
- Effective management of the rail network asset.
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