Railway Association (ARA) is the industry body for railways
in Australia and New Zealand. Acting as the industry's lobby
group, it addresses key strategic issues that are highly relevant
in both countries:
- Having rational infrastructure investment and integrated
- The need for consistency in pricing principles for access
to infrastructure between modes and operators.
- Reform of regulation affecting rail.
- A greater role for public transport in liveable, sustainable
Both Francis Small and Murray King have been office holders
in the Association, and between them have continuously represented
Tranz Rail on its Executive Committee since the ARA was founded
in 1994. Being part of such an organisation is valuable in
terms of keeping abreast of policy and other changes in the
rail industry in both countries.
In 2002, a New Zealand group of the ARA was founded to foster
rail transport in New Zealand. Murray King is the Chairman
of the group.
Murray King: "The rail sector in New Zealand is evolving
from a single large player to a multi-firm industry. In this
situation, it is important to have an industry body to speak
on its behalf on common issues".
- Growth in understanding of common railway issues on both
sides of the Tasman.