Car transport to go from road to rail

Cars being transported from Port of Kembla may soon shift from truck to rail to reduce heavy vehicle numbers

Cars being transported from Port of Kembla may soon shift from truck to rail following an agreement to progress to the issue.

Minister for Ports and Waterways Joe Tripodi says an agreement is almost finalised after Patrick Autocare and the Sydney Ports Corporation signed a letter of intent to transport more cars by rail.

The agreement will allow Patrick Autocare to set up an open-access facility at the Enfield Intermodal Centre for unloading cars carried by rail.

This facility will be available to any company seeking to move cars by rail from Port Kembla.

"We have been working hard on a solution for the transport of cars by rail out of Port Kembla to Sydney," Tripodi says.

"If successful, the facility would provide capacity to move up to one third of all cars imported through Port Kembla by rail, removing trucks from Wollongong and Sydney roads."

Although trucks account for only 1 per cent of total traffic on Mt Ousley and the Southern Highways, Wollongong MP Noreen Hay says shifting transport modes will help keep truck movements under control and offer car importers an alternative.

Tripodi says any agreement will be subject to an impact assessment and the current planning approval at Enfield will need to be amended to allow car handling.

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