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Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Passing Loop project are now on Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List.
Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew draws specific attention to the critical role Port Botany plays as Sydney’s primary container port.
"Port Botany handles 99 per cent of NSW’s container demand, making it a critical international gateway for Australia and a backbone asset for economic product within Sydney and New South Wales," Madew says.
"With demand only increasing, it is vital that Port Botany maintains throughput capacity to meet container growth over the long term."
NSW Ports notes Australia’s acknowledgement of the "strong strategic merit" of the Port Botany Freight Line Duplication and its endorsement of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) business case for the project, "which will support increased volumes of containers being moved by rail to and from Port Botany".
The project, which involves the duplication of the remaining 2.9 km freight rail single track section of the Port Botany Rail Line between Mascot and Botany and construction of a passing loop on the Southern Sydney Freight Line at Cabramatta, is fully funded by the federal government and will be delivered by the ARTC.
Funding of the $400 million project was announced in May 2018.
In October 2019, ARTC submitted the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project to the NSW Department of Planning for approval. The EIS is in the final stages of the planning approval process.
"The project will benefit the consumers and businesses of NSW with improved supply chain efficiency, resilience and environmental sustainability," NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas says.
"Having been under development for many years, this project is ‘shovel ready’ and should be progressed as a priority to deliver long term port supply chain productivity benefits and provide needed economic stimulus for the state.
"Port Botany handles 99 per cent of NSW’s container volume and has the highest volume of containers transported by rail of all ports in the country, at 440,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) per year.
"Using rail, together with trucks, to move the goods for all Sydneysiders who rely on containerised freight for our everyday needs will reduce the growth of trucks on Sydney’s road network.
"For every 1 million TEU moved by rail the number of trucks around the port are reduced by 900 trucks per day."
This article first appeared on www.fullyloaded.com.au
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