Freight fig­ures well on track

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

MORE con­tain­ers are ar­riv­ing at Fre­man­tle Port via rail than other ma­jor city ports across the coun­try.

An ACCC re­port said Fre­man­tle Port was lead­ing the na­tion for freight on rail, be­ing 57 per cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

Fre­man­tle’s per­cent­age of freight on rail in­creased from 16 per cent in 2017-18 to 18.3 per cent in the first quar­ter of 2018-19.

The port was the only one in the coun­try to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in freight on rail in the past fi­nan­cial year.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said freight and trade was part of the gov­ern­ment’s in­te­grated plan.

“Other ini­tia­tives (in­clude) plan­ning for in­ter­modal ter­mi­nals, long-term plan­ning for the In­ner and Outer har­bours through West­port, and mak­ing road im­prove­ments to ease con­ges­tion,” she said.

The re­port at­trib­uted the in­crease to a rail sub­sidy in­crease from $30 to $50 per twenty-foot equiv­a­lent unit (TEU).

Curtin Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor of sus­tain­abil­ity Peter New­man said the re­sult was good but needed to be qual­i­fied.

“The in­crease has hap­pened be­cause of the in­creased sub­sidy given to rail,” he said.

“This is not as good a re­sult as hav­ing a new port where rail is struc­turally more sen­si­ble to use for ex­ports and im­ports.

“Rail freight is much bet­ter as trucks go­ing through the city cre­ate too many is­sues.”

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