What an extraordinary start to the year it’s been.
While still navigating our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen record-breaking floods around the country, including South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.
These floods severely impacted the nation’s transport systems – including roads and rail – serving as a devastating reminder about the criticality of Australia’s supply chains.
The challenges have been immense. But pleasingly, as an industry, we’ve risen to them.
For example, following the recent one-in-300-year flood in SA’s far north – which completely halted the movement of freight between SA, WA and NT – it was so impressive to see the around-the-clock efforts of our crews and partner companies to restore the network as quickly as possible for freight customers and the Australian public.
And while we’re certainly not immune from similar natural disasters occurring again in the future, we take confidence in our improving response efforts. That said, we know we can do better.
That’s why we continue to look at new and better ways to manage our network to reduce risks and increase resilience, including new and better ways to work safely to improve protection for everyone who works on track.
Indeed, enhancing the safety, reliability and efficiency of our rail network is what drives us each and every day, so that we provide the highest possible level of service to our customers and local communities across the country.
CEO and Managing Director, ARTC