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.