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New milestone for Patrick Sydney rail project

Rail services at Port Botany to continue during capital works program


Construction of the ‘on-dock’ rail project at Port Botany is progressing as planned, Patrick Terminals states in an update on the program.

The Sydney AutoStrad project has reached a major construction milestone with three new automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes due to arrive next month.

“I am very pleased with the progress of the project,” Patrick Terminals CEO Michael Jovicic says.

“We now enter an exciting phase where we commence the installation and commissioning of the automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes.

“Patrick Terminals will maintain rail services during the significant capital works program.

“This decision to minimise disruptions to rail services at Patrick Terminals is supported by NSW Ports and the NSW Government who are committed to a long-term plan of sustainable freight modes.”

Patrick says its terminals team has been working closely with all stakeholders including customers, operators and NSW Ports to minimise disruptions during the next phase of construction.

Patrick recently accounced an access charge adjustment and hike

Patrick states that its “ability to handle the current rail volume will be maintained and rail windows will be optimised by consolidating and removing inefficient services from the schedule”.

The changes to rail windows will take effect from next month, with Patrick Terminals rail team contacting the impacted customers to inform them of the changes.

The $190 million ‘on-dock’ rail project, undertaken in conjunction with NSW Ports, is expected to increase rail capacity at Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad from 250,000 TEU to 1 million TEU.

The project is also expected to result in faster rail turnaround times, more rail services and a reduction in the reliance on truck transportation around the port by up to 900 trucks per day.

Upon completion, the rail project will connect Port Botany to the NSW intermodal network including Moorebank Logistics Park intermodal precinct.

The first stage of the construction program, which includes four 300 metre sidings and the three ARMG cranes, is due for completion at the end of 2020.


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