Fremantle Port rail service sees new high


North Quay Rail Terminal tops 100,000 TEU in the year to June 30

Fremantle Port rail service sees new high
An bird's-eye view of Fremantle Port.

 

Fremantle Port’s North Quay Rail Terminal (NQRT) has set a record for itself – handling more than 100,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in a year for the first time since raising its curtain.

The terminal has seen an approximate nine per cent average annual increase in the number of containers handled since 2011, before surpassing the 100,000-mark on June 30 this year.

NQRT is managed by the Intermodal Group, which says it carries the largest proportion carried by any single port rail shuttle service in the country.

"We see rail as the most efficient means for Fremantle Port to grow without causing more congestion and larger trucks on the road," Intermodal Group chairman Jim Stevenson says.

"We currently remove approximately 400 truck trips each day, or the equivalent of a line of trucks 13km long.

"This year should be an exciting year for the rail service between Fremantle and Forrestfield, as land becomes available to expand the intermodal precinct in Forrestfield, and logistics providers fulfil their obligations to use rail where their final destination is in its catchment area.

"These two factors should enable the percentage of Fremantle Port’s containers using rail to increase from 15 per cent to 20 per cent.

"The other encouraging signs are the Western Australia government’s continuing support for rail and its relevance within the ‘Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million people and beyond’, released on July 29, 2016."

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