Western Australian Regional Freight Transport Network Plan

 
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Hi all,

This report was released last week on the Department of Transport website, and it discusses the usual suspects - road, rail and port usage (now and future) in WA and what the expectation is from now until 2031. As per usual, it focuses on roads being provided out of the state/federal coffers, and rail and ports having to have suitable PPP's prior to work being done, but at least there is some interesting information within. An annoying part of the report is also that it focusses on the tonnage moved by rail, but it focusses on the tonne-kilometres moved by roads, thus making the road volumes seem very large compared to the rail volumes. Only a small niggle, but an annoying one none-the-less.

Report link - Western Australian Regional Freight Transport Network Plan

Some of the interesting things within include the planning for the future reuse of the following lines:
      - Donnybrook to Wilga
      - Boyanup to Capel
      - Collie to Narrogin
      - Collie to Wagin
      - Pindar to Wiluna

It aslo mentions the resleepering of the Bunbury to North Greenbushes line to suit the timber industry, once they agree to pay for it. However, the map on page 24 shows future industrial estates in Manjimup (north and south) and Capel (roughly). The map on page 26 shows the current and future demand for the network, and this shows the Manjimup line moving between 0.1 and 1 million tonnes per year by 2031, and the old Midland Railway moving between 1 and 3 million tonnes by 2031 as well (between Moora and Geraldton).

Also noted on page 43 are the two studies for additional lines, one joining the Southwest Main (between Perth and Bunbury) to the GSR (between York and Narrogin) and then on to the EGR (between Tammin and Merredin), and the other for the line joining the Midwest lines (from the Mount Magnet area or the end of the current Karara line) to the EGR (Koolyanobbing area) or the Leonora line (between Lake Owen and Leonora). There is also mention of joining up the midwest dual gauge section with the souther standard gauge line, but it doesn't seem to mention if this is via the Midland Railway line or via the Morawa-Avon line. Given the tonnages shown on the future demand map though, I would assume it would be via the Midland Railway line via Moora.

EDIT - forgot to mention that the duplication from Bunbury to Bruswick Junction is there, as it the duplication from Kwinana to Pinjarra, and the upgrades from Brunswick Junction to Collie - although this is shown as stages 1, 2 and 3 from Brunswick Junction to Collie, but then later mentioned as duplication from Brunswick Junction right through to Ewington Junction. There is also the plan to increase axle loads on the southwest main to 23.25 tonnes, and extend crossing loops between Burnswick Junction and Pinjarra. Also - the partial duplication from Kalgoorlie to Esperance, Kalgoorlie to Koolyanobbing and Merredin to Avon, with extensive passingloop program between Koolyanobbingand Avon Yard. Bunbury Port is also getting Berth 14 with the new rail loop in the multi-user bulk facility, and the new siding for Berth 5.

Anyway, it is a good read for a DoT report, and has some good information in there. Have a read and let me know what you think.

Cheers, Matt.

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  andrew1996 Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
Sounds pretty good. Is this report as far is it will go, or are these ideas seriously being considered?
  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

Its good to  finally see the movement of freight recognised across all the modes rather than one focussed on road or rail or ship. The Freight Transport Network Plan has been talked about for years so to finally get one in place is a major step forward.

Funding will be the next issue to address.
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

Hi all,

This report was released last week on the Department of Transport website, and it discusses the usual suspects - road, rail and port usage (now and future) in WA and what the expectation is from now until 2031. As per usual, it focuses on roads being provided out of the state/federal coffers, and rail and ports having to have suitable PPP's prior to work being done, but at least there is some interesting information within. An annoying part of the report is also that it focusses on the tonnage moved by rail, but it focusses on the tonne-kilometres moved by roads, thus making the road volumes seem very large compared to the rail volumes. Only a small niggle, but an annoying one none-the-less.

Report link - Western Australian Regional Freight Transport Network Plan

Some of the interesting things within include the planning for the future reuse of the following lines:
      - Donnybrook to Wilga
      - Boyanup to Capel
      - Collie to Narrogin
      - Collie to Wagin
      - Pindar to Wiluna

It aslo mentions the resleepering of the Bunbury to North Greenbushes line to suit the timber industry, once they agree to pay for it. However, the map on page 24 shows future industrial estates in Manjimup (north and south) and Capel (roughly). The map on page 26 shows the current and future demand for the network, and this shows the Manjimup line moving between 0.1 and 1 million tonnes per year by 2031, and the old Midland Railway moving between 1 and 3 million tonnes by 2031 as well (between Moora and Geraldton).

Also noted on page 43 are the two studies for additional lines, one joining the Southwest Main (between Perth and Bunbury) to the GSR (between York and Narrogin) and then on to the EGR (between Tammin and Merredin), and the other for the line joining the Midwest lines (from the Mount Magnet area or the end of the current Karara line) to the EGR (Koolyanobbing area) or the Leonora line (between Lake Owen and Leonora). There is also mention of joining up the midwest dual gauge section with the souther standard gauge line, but it doesn't seem to mention if this is via the Midland Railway line or via the Morawa-Avon line. Given the tonnages shown on the future demand map though, I would assume it would be via the Midland Railway line via Moora.

EDIT - forgot to mention that the duplication from Bunbury to Bruswick Junction is there, as it the duplication from Kwinana to Pinjarra, and the upgrades from Brunswick Junction to Collie - although this is shown as stages 1, 2 and 3 from Brunswick Junction to Collie, but then later mentioned as duplication from Brunswick Junction right through to Ewington Junction. There is also the plan to increase axle loads on the southwest main to 23.25 tonnes, and extend crossing loops between Burnswick Junction and Pinjarra. Also - the partial duplication from Kalgoorlie to Esperance, Kalgoorlie to Koolyanobbing and Merredin to Avon, with extensive passingloop program between Koolyanobbingand Avon Yard. Bunbury Port is also getting Berth 14 with the new rail loop in the multi-user bulk facility, and the new siding for Berth 5.

Anyway, it is a good read for a DoT report, and has some good information in there. Have a read and let me know what you think.

Cheers, Matt.

Well i can only comment on the Southwest section of the rail side because thats where i live, bearing in mind that this report is designed around2031 which is a along way into the future and in that time anything can happen.  I can understand the reuse of the alignment from Donnybrook to Wilga as that taps into the Southern end of the Collie Coal fields which gives export opportunities for coal from that area. I can relate to the reuse of the Wagin to Collie line as there are mineral reserves East of Wagin plus grains. Duplication and extended passing loops in the Collie/Brunswick/ Bunbury areas of course must happen if the tonnages on rail increases. I cannot see the reopening of the line from Boyanup to Capel what reason would it be reopened, same goes for Collie Narrogin. Bluegum traffic for wood chips comes into Port of Bunbury from many directions and is not feasible to put on rail, so I cant see any traffic on that section

But nether the less an interesting report, 2031 Umm how many of us will see 2031
Bulbous
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Well i can only comment on the Southwest section of the rail side because thats where i live, bearing in mind that this report is designed around2031 which is a along way into the future and in that time anything can happen.  I can understand the reuse of the alignment from Donnybrook to Wilga as that taps into the Southern end of the Collie Coal fields which gives export opportunities for coal from that area. I can relate to the reuse of the Wagin to Collie line as there are mineral reserves East of Wagin plus grains. Duplication and extended passing loops in the Collie/Brunswick/ Bunbury areas of course must happen if the tonnages on rail increases. I cannot see the reopening of the line from Boyanup to Capel what reason would it be reopened, same goes for Collie Narrogin. Bluegum traffic for wood chips comes into Port of Bunbury from many directions and is not feasible to put on rail, so I cant see any traffic on that section
But nether the less an interesting report, 2031 Umm how many of us will see 2031
WAGR

I agree on the Wilga line, and the Wagin line, although the Wagin area is supposed to be the new base of operations for the farm side of the Bunge business, so the Collie - Wagin line would be a good fit to funnel the increased tonnages down to their export point at Bunbury harbour.

The Collie Narrogin line is being pushed to both increase the export viability from the Tier 3 lines out of Narrogin, and to link with the proposed GSR - EGR link line allowing easier access to Bunbury port/the southwest area from the Eastern standard gauge line. There are also substantial iron ore deposits covering the Merredin - Corrigin - Narrogin line and the Merredin - Kondinin - Narrogin line, which would be exporting via Albany or Bunbury (current proposals anyway).

I agree on the Capel line as well, not sure on the viability of that apart from the area being a railhead for any other southwest minerals to avoid having the trucks come all the way into Bunbury port, or further up the coast. Not much sense just from a mineral sands point of view, and too short to capitalise on shuttling other bulk freight into the port from further south, as once you have gone that far, you might as well go straight to the port yourself via trucks.
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
I had a report from Dad lat last week of a Brookfield Hi-rail trundling along the Boyanup line.

Is this a regular maintenance check, or possible a "What is required" audit check?

Cheers
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

I had a report from Dad lat last week of a Brookfield Hi-rail trundling along the Boyanup line.

Is this a regular maintenance check, or possible a "What is required" audit check?

Cheers
Wallip

Just a regular check that no one is purloining infrastructure

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