NSW Draft Freight and Ports Plan released
The New South Wales (NSW) Government has released its Draft Freight and Ports Plan which highlights six priority areas.
These encompass strengthening freight industry and government partnerships; increasing access for freight across the road and rail network; and protecting existing freight precincts and ensuring sufficient future land use.
They also include facilitating the introduction of technologies that reduce freight costs and impacts; reducing the regulatory burden on industry; and ensuring safe, efficient and sustainable freight access to places.
20+ year initiatives
NSW’s 20+ year vision initiatives include Automation: Investigation of the potential for automation of freight movements between ports and inland terminals; and Freight Separation: Continuing to plan for the separation of freight from passenger tasks on key shared networks to optimise performance for both freight and passenger services.
20+ initiatives also include Outer Sydney Orbital: Completing the full Outer Sydney bypass, including dedicated freight rail to connect with intermodal terminal precincts; and Addressing long term capacity constraints to Port Botany and South East: Investigation of new train and road links to address longer-term capacity constraints on selected corridors.
As part of its 0-10 year initiatives NSW plans to investigate supporting private sector investment in the development of the Kooragang Island Terminal 4 at the Port of Newcastle and as part of its 10-20 Year Initiatives it plans to investigate port enhancements to support coastal shipping.
Public comments on the draft plan are being accepted until 25 March 2018.
NWS’s final plan is scheduled to be released in 2018 to align with its Future Transport 2056 Strategy.