Labor Promises to Duplicate Port Botany Line

 
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  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
"Federal Labor has made an election commitment to invest $175 million to duplicate the single-track line between Mascot and Port Botany.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said as a main gateway for container freight, unclogging Port Botany is a priority project for the future of Sydney industries, and central to boosting employment in the industry.

“Duplicating the Rail will free up the movement of goods for exporters and importers, reduce logistics costs and boost capacity, productivity and jobs across industries that rely on container movements through the Port.

“Sydney’s freight task is growing, with Sydney Ports predicting a growth rate of five to seven per cent each year at Port Botany,” Mr Shorten said.

“The more freight that travels by rail, the less congested the roads around Port Botany, including the M5, will be. Only about 14 per cent of containers that arrive at the Port are currently carried by rail.”

The money will help the Australian Rail and Track Corporation (ARTC) achieve its target to take a higher percentage of containers on rail into and out of the Port.

The funding will also provide for a crossing loop at Warwick Farm in Sydney’s West, facilitating better movement by rail of containers.

The funding is subject to an Infrastructure Australia assessment of the business case. The $175 million is by way of equity injection into the ARTC, and will not have an impact on the underlying cash balance or fiscal balance.

Upgrading the freight rail line out of Port Botany is on the Infrastructure Australia Priority List for addressing in the near term.

“Duplicating the Port Botany rail line is critical to improving the overall efficiency of Sydney’s freight supply chains and is welcomed by the logistics industry,” said Michael Kilgariff, managing director of the Australian Logistics Council.

“Getting more freight on to rail in Sydney is critical to addressing Sydney’s rising congestion issues and will support the NSW Government’s vision to double the amount of freight moving to and from Port Botany by rail, which currently sits at around 16% and NSW Ports’ target to move 3 million TEU by rail over the longer term.

“There has been considerable progress over past 12 months to develop a number of intermodal projects in Sydney, which will transform how freight is moved to and from Port Botany.

“These include the Qube/Aurizon Moorebank Intermodal Terminal project, Asciano’s proposed ‘constellation hub’ strategy for Sydney, a proposal by DP World and Toll to connect a container staging zone at Port Botany to an intermodal freight terminal at Villawood and last week’s commencement of operations at NSW Ports’ Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre by Aurizon".

Featured in Transport and Logistics News 19 May

Yes whilst it may still be dependent on Labor winning the election, this initiative and the various initiatives outlined in the last 2 paragraphs of the article are a clear demonstration that serious work is underway in the port and intermodal space for rail.   Watch out Melbourne!!!!

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  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Where are they going to put a crossing loop at Warwick Farm. There is already a crossing loop at Leightonfield and Casula and why is a crossing loop even needed at Warwick Farm.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This project proposed to go ahead now for $400m has been further delayed.  

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/port-botany-new-start-date-proposed-for-400m-rail-track-project

I see the ability with this project to drive business away from Melbourne Ports to Sydney  with this upgrade.
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

Do they know they are in opposition?
  2LaGrange Train Controller

Waste of $400 million anyway as the real congestion and limitations of capacity is not the short section of single line track.

The congestion is at the actual ports with the limited number of windows available to unload and back load trains being the big factor restricting rail transportation of containers at Port Botany.

If they really want rail to handle more containers in and out of the port terminals then there needs to be more and longer sidings on the docks or adjacent to the dock area to transfer containers from ship to train and vice versa.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Do they know they are in opposition?
fzr560


Replying to a 4 year old thread without checking first will always get you into trouble.
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

Do they know they are in opposition?


Replying to a 4 year old thread without checking first will always get you into trouble.
bingley hall
Except when they're still pretending they're in power. The names have changed but the tactics are still the same.
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

Waste of $400 million anyway as the real congestion and limitations of capacity is not the short section of single line track.

The congestion is at the actual ports with the limited number of windows available to unload and back load trains being the big factor restricting rail transportation of containers at Port Botany.

If they really want rail to handle more containers in and out of the port terminals then there needs to be more and longer sidings on the docks or adjacent to the dock area to transfer containers from ship to train and vice versa.
2LaGrange
https://qube.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Investment-in-Port-Botany-Rail-Infrastructure.pdf


There are plans for increased rail capability at Patricks and I believe similar plans for DP World.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Where are they going to put a crossing loop at Warwick Farm. There is already a crossing loop at Leightonfield and Casula and why is a crossing loop even needed at Warwick Farm.
"simstrain"


The more crossing loop that you have, the less delay that you have.

FYI, see diagram here : http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR282.pdf

Where can a 1800m crossing loop be built at WF?

The loop at Leightonfield is less than 1800m/1500m long.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

The more crossing loop that you have, the less delay that you have.

FYI, see diagram here : http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR282.pdf

Where can a 1800m crossing loop be built at WF?

The loop at Leightonfield is less than 1800m/1500m long.
WimbledonW

Leightonfield loop is just a technicality because of the sidings that also run off there but there is plenty of scope to have 2 x 1800 metre trains there. The duplication starts near chester hill station and finishes just before villawood which is a distance well and truly over 2km's.

Between Cabramatta and Warwick Farm the space to add an extra track width wise is on the other side of the suburban tracks. The SSFL was built right up to the edge of broomfield street on the Cabramatta side and it aligns right up beside a car dealership on the warwick farm side. The road overbridge at warwick farm isn't wide enough to handle 2 trains through it and would have to be completely replaced as well as rebuilding warwick farm station.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
The road overbridge at Warwick Farm isn't wide enough to handle 2 trains through it and would have to be completely replaced as well as rebuilding warwick farm station.[/quote]

For street map of Warwick Farm see http://www.street-directory.com.au/?x=150.9350677033649&y=-33.91226545243499&l=15

This map shows that the Hume Highway is straight over the rail bridge, and there is space on the south side to rebuild the bridge, perhaps 2 or 3 lanes at a time. The diverted road would need to go over the platforms, and a new foot bridge with lifts (3 in number) would be needed.

Hidden from sight are services like water, gas, and electricity cables.

The old level crossing appears to follow Warwick St and Remembrance Ave, which passes over the middle of the WF platform.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

That street map is not the right thing to look at. If you knew the area or bothered to look at streetview on google you will see that 3 lifts already exist in the middle of warwick farm stations platforms and so there is no need for lifts on the highway.

The solution is to extend the leightonfield loop out to 2km or longer. Moving the 2 Suburban lines north a bit to allow duplication from leightonfield to cabramatta station would be an even better solution.

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