Port rail proposals move forward in Australia

A rail shuttle entering Port Botany, with the Sydney city skyline in the distance

The rejuvenation of on-dock rail and rail shuttles is moving ahead in several Australian ports, but is not without its challenges.

While rail modal share is being targeted for a resurgence in Melbourne, NSW Ports (Botany and Port Kembla), Brisbane and Fremantle, the debate brings with it the issues such as government subsidies, the potential for double-handling costs at intermodal terminals and, in Melbourne the unfair application of levies on import containers for all stevedores where one – VICT – is not rail-served.

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