Rail Freight Data

This project aims to collect detailed rail freight data to show trends over time. Rail network managers and operators have rich and valuable datasets of train movements and freight carried. The Hub will work with the rail industry to combine data from different sources, preserve commercial sensitivities, and publish aggregated data and data products. Enhanced data exchange between the rail industry and government will support evidenced based policy and targeted investment to reduce delays, improve network interoperability, enhance multi-modal opportunities, and increase rail freight capacity. It will also improve industry and government's understanding of the role rail plays in moving freight and the challenges facing the rail industry in growing the volume of freight on rail.

This project addresses enduring questions 1-4.

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  • Data exchange of rail freight data to the Hub to support strategic planning and investment decisions for rail.
  • This new data will improve understanding of train and rolling stock movements.

Initial planned outputs

  1. A data visualisation combining BITRE Trainline data with other available data will raise the profile of rail freight data and assist in communicating the potential value of sharing more data.
  2. Data sharing agreements with industry to exchange more granular data.
  3. An exploratory data analysis report which documents how rail freight data can be used to meet the Hub's objectives and deliver value to government and industry.
  4. A pilot data product using newly acquired data will build upon the initial Trainline data product to show rail stakeholders the value of sharing rail data with the Hub.

Related data projects:

  1. Inland Rail and Inland Rail Survey
  2. Port Botany Duplication Projects
  3. Trainline
  5. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ARTC Interstate Access Undertaking ACRI study


See About Page for detail on the current data limitations of this project.
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