DP World to stop Botany rail for February

Infrastructure work on new rail siding to see trucks taking the extra load for a month

December 21, 2011

A spike in trucks servicing DP World’s Port Botany container terminal can be expected in February as the stevedore halts rail operations for infrastructure upgrades.

Working with Sydney Ports Corporation, DP World has invested in increasing its terminal yard space which is dedicated to rail operations, the company says.

The capacity upgrade builds on the existing improvements already gained through the rail sidings on the Inter-Terminal Access Road (ITAR) project that have been in operation since 2010.

DP World has also bought two new reach stackers for greater rail efficiency in the yard.

Given this next phase of upgrades involves complex civil works in the existing rail area of the terminal, DP World says it needs to co-ordinate its works to coincide with ARTC’s planned works at Port Botany in February 2012.

As such there will be no rail operations between 30 January and 27 February 2012 at the DP World Port Botany Terminal.

"Capacity improvements to the Rail Yard scheduled for February 2012 will open up a third operational siding and give the Port Botany terminal a dual entry and exit point for rail," DP World ANZ Region Managing Director Ganesh Raj says.

"Once completed, this new rail infrastructure will provide added capacity to all operators and help DP World to improve rail efficiency and productivity for the long term.

"Upgrading rail capacity within the terminal is consistent with the NSW Government’s objective of doubling the rail modal share of containers from the existing 14 per cent to its long term goal of 28 percent by 2021."

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