Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    WA leads the nation for freight on rail

    16/11/2018 8:00 AM
     
    • Fremantle Port has the highest freight rail share of any major city port in Australia
    • McGowan Government policy acknowledged in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report
    • Freight rail share to Fremantle Port, 57 per cent higher than national average

    A recent ACCC report shows Fremantle Port is leading the nation for freight on rail, with the port boasting the highest proportion of containers carried on rail.

     

    Fremantle Port currently has the highest share of containers carried by rail at 17.9 per cent - well above the national average of 11.4 per cent at the time of the report.

     

    It was also the only port in the country to experience an increase in freight on rail over the last financial year.

     

    The report attributed the McGowan Government's election commitment to increase the container rail subsidy from $30 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) to $50 as a major driver for the high proportion of freight on rail.

     

    It also noted that most port authorities across Australia recognised the importance of freight on rail and that 'moving more containers by rail eases congestion in arterial roads servicing ports and relieves noise and air pollution in urban areas near ports'.

     

    The subsidy increase took effect on January 1, 2018. The policy has helped increase the percentage of freight on rail from about 16 per cent in 2017-18, to an 18.3 per cent average in the first quarter of 2018-19.

     

    Close to 102,000 TEU were moved by rail between January and September this year, compared with about 82,000 TEU in the same period last year - removing an additional 15,000 one-way truck movements off roads.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "This ACCC report reinforces that the McGowan Government's commitment to deliver more creative freight solutions is well on track.

     

    "Fremantle Port was the only capital city in Australia to experience an uplift in its share of containers carried by rail - in fact, we are now 57 per cent above the national average.

     

    "This is part of our integrated plan for freight and trade, along with other initiatives such as planning for intermodal terminals, long-term planning for the Inner and Outer Harbours through Westport and making road improvements to ease congestion."

     

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