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Port Botany Rail Optimisation Group - One Year On

Over 2 million containers pass through the docks of Port Botany each year, a number projected to triple by 2031. To meet the demand and ease congestion on our roads, the NSW Government has a target of doubling the proportion of container freight movements by rail through NSW Ports. The Port Botany Rail Optimisation Group (PBROG) established in 2015, has been tasked with managing this unprecedented growth.

PBROG’s latest communiqué (pdf 142KB) shows that Port Botany has now recorded the highest rail mode share (% of containers by rail) in recent years, demonstrating the continued progress of PBROG in the development of more efficient operational processes at the port to attract more freight onto rail.

Increased demand for commodities has also increased rail mode share at the port.  This is partly due to commodities like timber and some grains that have moved from bulk to containerised freight.  Shipments from rural areas (where most bulk exports originate) are much more likely to go by rail than road. More volume is also coming from metropolitan intermodal terminals as additional freight for import and export markets is put onto rail. 

An increase in rail volumes and rail mode share has a positive benefit for both road congestion and the environment, as on average every train takes the place of 49 truck trips and saves half a tonne of CO2 for an average metropolitan journey – much more for a regional train. 

Read more in PBROG’s latest communiqué (pdf 142KB) 

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