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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
19 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2016 COMPANY PROFILE Y COMPANY PROFILE councils to identify pinch points that can be eliminated by infrastructure upgrades under the Fixing Country Roads program. Industry contributions are being strongly encouraged and have already helped in delivering some of the 77 projects in the first round of Fixing Country Roads, which was announced in early 2015. In south-west NSW, for example, Qube Logistics and Visy Pulp and Paper helped to fund a $1.3 million road realignment to improve access to the Harefield Intermodal Terminal near Junee, shaving up to 15 minutes off each trip and resulting in annual transport cost savings of $500,000. Successful projects under the second round of Fixing Country Roads will be announced by the end of June 2016, and the government has reserved a total of $500 million for the 10-year program – one of many infrastructure initiatives to benefit from the proceeds of the long-term leasing of the state’s major ports. Across the state, increasing rail mode share continues to be a priority, and Transport for NSW is looking to industry to help pinpoint and solve issues that are preventing rail from playing a greater role in the freight task. Transport for NSW has almost completed the delivery of stage one of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor – a joint Australian and NSW Government initiative to improve the capacity and reliability of freight trains between Strathfield, Broadmeadow and Newcastle. Reliability is a big issue, especially with the on-time arrival of trains at Port Botany stevedoring terminals currently sitting at 32 per cent. By comparison, on-time road performance at Port Botany stevedoring terminals is 96 per cent. Since it was established in mid-2014, Transport for NSW’s Cargo Movement Coordination Centre has been working primarily with road industry stakeholders, and has had huge success in reducing truck turnaround times and congestion at Port Botany. The focus now and throughout 2016 will be on working collaboratively with rail stakeholders to identify and reduce the barriers to greater efficiency through the container chain. Transport for NSW upped the ante in late 2015 by establishing the CEO- level Port Botany Rail Optimisation Group, comprising representatives of the stevedores, rail operators, NSW Ports, port infrastructure participants and Transport for NSW. The group’s role is to provide Transport for NSW with critical advice on rail operational performance in and out of Port Botany, and to highlight policy or regulatory impediments to improving rail freight performance. ‘We are looking to the Port Botany Rail Optimisation Group to help us lift operational efficiency at the port – to give stevedores greater visibility to plan their operations; to give rail operators improved cycle times; and to deliver better rail coordination and path utilisation for all Port Botany rail freight services,’ says Gardiner-Barnes. ‘At Port Botany and across the freight transport networks state-wide, there have been some significant successes in removing obstacles to productivity in recent years, but we are still not yet on the trajectory required for the level of projected growth in the freight task. ‘The only way to deliver the level of change required is for industry and government to work together to introduce a new operating environment that will see us competing with those that lead the world in setting international benchmarks for moving freight around our state.’ 500414E_Transport NSW I 2242.indd 25 3/05/2016 3:00 PM