Port Botany rail upgrade gets underway


Work is underway on a rail upgrade at Port Botany to improve freight efficiency and reduce congestion on Sydney roads

April 3, 2012

Work is underway on a rail upgrade at Port Botany to improve freight efficiency and reduce congestion on Sydney roads.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese Albanese has announced another stage of the $172 million Port Botany rail upgrade project has started.

The project will expand the Enfield rail yard so it can accommodate more trains at any one time, and Albanese says it will eliminate dockside bottlenecks and increase the speed of movement of freight into and out of Port Botany.

"It will also add additional capacity, increasing the number of containers which can be transported along the line from 700,000 to around 1 million a year," he says.

"With more freight on the back of trains, there will over time be up to 300,000 fewer trucks coming and going from the Port each year.

New signalling technology is also due to be installed on the section between the Cooks River and Mascot as part of the project.

Australian Rail Track Corporation CEO John Fullerton says the improvements being made to will lift rail capacity by more than 30 per cent.

"Once the entire project is completed in 2014, the line will be able to cope with the growth which is expected in the years ahead, including the much higher volumes that will flow from 2013 when the port’s third terminal becomes operational," he says.

"The ARTC is determined to make rail even more competitive and restore it to its rightful place at the heart of this nation’s transport system."

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