Aim to dou­ble rail freight

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

TRANS­PORT Min­is­ter Dean Nalder says the State Gov­ern­ment aims to dou­ble its move­ment of freight by rail, but roads are very much here to stay.

Perth leads the coun­try with 14.2 per cent of freight shifted on rail, about 1 per cent more than Syd­ney and Mel­bourne and about 9 per cent more than Bris­bane.

Mr Nalder said his depart­ment aimed to lift that to 30 per cent.

“My of­fice had a con­ver­sa­tion with (US-based trans­porta­tion) com­pany Watco … and they in­di­cated to us if we were to able to achieve 30 per cent we would be best prac­tice, which sug­gests a min­i­mum of 70 per cent of our freight would need to move by road,” he said.

Mr Nalder backed up his point by re­fer­ring to a re­cent trip to Sin­ga­pore, a coun­try that takes in 4-5 mil­lion do­mes­tic con­tain­ers through its port each year.

Mr Nalder said Sin­ga­pore moved 100 per cent of its freight by truck be­cause it was more ef­fi­cient.

“I’m not say­ing ul­ti­mately that’s what we want to do – we have an as­pi­ra­tion to shift as much as 30 per cent by rail and we’re con­tin­u­ing to work on that,” he said.

“In the past 12 months we’ve ex­tended the spur at Fre­man­tle, we’re cre­at­ing by­passes on the rail it­self so we can get more traf­fic onto the rail and we will con­tinue to work at that.”

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