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Investment to boost rail capacity at Port Botany

In November 2018, we announced our investment in ‘on-dock’ rail infrastructure capacity at each of Port Botany’s three container terminals, commencing in 2019.

Investment will be staged, with stevedores being required to invest in rail operating equipment to meet target terminal capacities.

In the first four years of the program, NSW Ports will invest $120 million to double port side rail capacity and increase efficiency. Stage 1 investment will increase capacity to 1.5 million TEU and reduce turn-around times by more than 33% at the Patrick terminal.


When fully operational, Stage 1 of this investment will:

  • Reduce truck kilometres travelled in Sydney by at least 10 million per year.
  • Save over 2 million litres of diesel per year – the equivalent of a net reduction of more than 5,400 in CO2 emissions tonnes per year.
  • Create more rail services and rail windows for cargo owners including regional trains.
This initiative was delivered over and above the 2015 Sustainability Action Plan.