Government launches multi-million dollar rail research body

Rudd Government invests in research program to boost rail productivity

The Rudd Government is investing record amounts of funds into bankrolling a research program designed to increase rail freight productivity and infrastructure demands.

The Government will inject $21 million over seven years in the Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Innovation.

Senator Kim Carr, the innovation, industry, science and research minister, launched the initiative at Parliament House, which is intended to attract about $100 million investment over seven years.

The research centre will look at operational efficiencies, supply chains, technology and labour issues. It brings together industry groups and Australian universities in a process Carr says will deliver key reforms to meet future demands.

"This is a huge vote of confidence in the rail industry and it reflects the Rudd Government's determination to work closely with researchers and industry to ensure railways make their full contribution to Australia's transport mix," Carr says.

"The Rudd Government is proud to support what is the single biggest research program in the history of Australian railways."

The new research body replaces the Cooperative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies.

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