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Western Australia has seen financial efforts to shift container freight to rail franked, with the state government reporting a 30 per cent increase after a year of subsidy.
The overall average in 2018-19 was 20.2 per cent of freight taken by rail to Fremantle Inner Harbour, up from 15.5 per cent just before the subsidy was introduced.
"We have now surpassed the freight on rail target set prior to the election and are focused on other road projects that will improve traffic flow to and from the port," transport minister Rita Saffioti says.
"The container rail subsidy is just one of several actions being taken to reduce the number of trucks on arterial port roads in the metro area.
"Infrastructure works, including the High Street Upgrade and replacing the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, are key opportunities to improve traffic flow.
"Planning to facilitate the development of more intermodal terminals in the greater metropolitan area is also underway, which will enhance the efficiency of the rail system and encourage more freight to move by rail."
This article first appeared on www.fullyloaded.com.au
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