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Asciano’s rail division Pacific National have launched two new $30 million Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes at the Chullora Sydney Freight Terminal. The aim of these new purchases is to increase the efficiency of the freight industry in Sydney. The yearly capacity will double from 300,000 to 600,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).
The Chief Executive Officer of ARA, Bryan Nye OAM, said that the increased capacity will help meet the growing demands for freight in New South Wales, in particular freight moving in and out of Port Botany.
Mr Nye said: “Short haul rail utilisation between the New South Wales ports and intermodal terminals is the single most important issue for rail freight in this state and Pacific National should be recognised accordingly for the positive contribution this initiative will maketowards improving interstate road and rail operations,”
“It has been estimated that this initiative will remove up to 100,000 truck journeys from roads between Port Botany and Sydney’s west each year, which will not only dramatically decrease congestion on roads but will also create safer, less emissions intensive alternative by moving more freight on rail.
“An increase in capacity at the freight terminal will allow for a more reliable and productive rail service extending from Port Botany in eastern Sydney right through to Chullora in the west, help primary industries, such as mining and agriculture, have a greater ability to move their goods on rail reliably and competitively.”
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