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NSW Ports releases freight rail expansion plans

NSW Ports’ general manager of operations and equipment has announced the body’s plans for a freight rail future

NSW Ports has presented at the recent Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Freight Rail Conference, giving its plans for its intentions to expand freight rail capacity and take congestion off roads.

The plan seeks to make Australia’s freight industry more efficient by moving road congestion onto updated rail tracks.

NSW Ports General Manager of Operations and Equipment Jonathan Lafforgue says moving freight by rail at Port Botany, which moves more containers by rail than any other Australian port and has an on-dock rail at each container terminal, has increased remarkably in recent years.

The NSW Ports strategy includes:

  • Expanding Port Botany’s on-dock rail capacity to meet future container growth demand
  • Increasing the two-way loading of trains, including with empty containers, to improve rail utilisation and efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions 
  • A mode shift incentive scheme, funded by Transport for NSW, to incentivise regional exporters to use metropolitan intermodal terminals for the “last mile” journey to Port Botany and collection of empty containers  
  • Working with businesses, rail operators and Transport for NSW to improve access to the shared metropolitan rail network for trains destined for Port Botany

“NSW Ports is investing in extra rail capacity to address long-term demand in a sustainable way, by reducing CO2 emissions and the use of trucks, as trade volume increases,” Lafforgue says.

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“Together with Patrick Terminals, we are investing $190 million to substantially boost on-dock rail capacity, which will deliver faster turn-around times, more rail windows for operators and allow more containers to be moved by rail to and from the terminal without the need for double handling.”

“A mode shift incentive scheme is one way to kickstart this process, with jurisdictions such as Victoria and Western Australia showing that such schemes can successfully increase the volumes of freight on rail.”

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