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Presenting at the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Rail Freight Conference, NSW Ports has outlined its plan for expanding rail freight capacity, offering reduced road congestion and greater efficiencies.

Port Botany is Australia’s only container port with on-dock rail at each container terminal and moves more containers by rail than any other port in the country.

NSW Ports General Manager of Operations and Environment, Jonathan Lafforgue, said more than 400,000TEU a year was moved by rail at Port Botany – up 64 per cent since 2014. 

“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,” Mr Lafforgue said.

“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.”

Mr Lafforgue spoke at the 2022 ARA conference about the need to build and optimise rail freight connectivity to enhance the sustainability, efficiency and productivity of the nation’s supply chains.

NSW Ports’ strategy to maximise the capacity and efficiency of rail freight 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

“Utilising Port Botany’s dedicated freight rail lines and on-dock rail terminals more strategically, by boosting two-way loading of trains and optimising the benefit of intermodal terminals, will help ensure we continue to meet the growing needs of businesses and their customers,” Mr Lafforgue said.

“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.”

Read more about NSW Ports’ initiatives to grow rail capacity to ensure efficient freight rail connections here.

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