WA endorses plan for new container port at Kwinana fed by rail

 
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  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Kwinana Port I thought had rail access and was exclusively military?

I think it odd the government would go to Kwinana when Bunbuty could be a better choice and depending on where the containers are headed Albany could be an option or even Geraldton.

What if any are the advantages for Kwinana?

WA endorses plan for new container port at Kwinana fed by rail

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

I would think that the advantage of Kwinana is that it’s in the Perth area, conveniently located to minimise the haulage between the port and industrial/commercial customers.

The regional ports are best left to bulk commodity traffic from the nearby areas.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
I would think that the advantage of Kwinana is that it’s in the Perth area, conveniently located to minimise the haulage between the port and industrial/commercial customers.

The regional ports are best left to bulk commodity traffic from the nearby areas.
justapassenger

I thank you for the response however not all of the import/export is for the Perth area especially in a state with a lot of mining activity. I could imagine the amount of imported product heading to the mines.

I find it odd there is no intermodal service in WA with the exception of transfer trains between the port and a yard somewhere no further railing.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Not all would be for Perth, but it's certainly the central location for industrial/commercial activity which would be what makes most use of an intermodal terminal.

Perth is also the centre of the narrow gauge railways and ideally positioned for intrastate traffic headed north, south or east as well as connecting to the interstate network.

If there are large amounts of freight headed way up north beyond the end of the narrow gauge network radiating from Perth, that would be best suited to coastal freighters that would be even more efficient than trains.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Is Albany on the NG or is it now SG.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Is Albany on the NG or is it now SG.
NSWGR8022

Albany remains narrow gauge and is directly connected to Perth and not Bunbury. Kwinana remains Perth's largest industrial complex, with narrow and standard gauge connections and significant rail freight flows already in place.

This map should answer all questions...

https://www.arcinfra.com/ARCInfrastructure/media/documents/Network%20Specifications/ARC_Map_Network.pdf
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Is Albany on the NG or is it now SG.

Albany remains narrow gauge and is directly connected to Perth and not Bunbury. Kwinana remains Perth's largest industrial complex, with narrow and standard gauge connections and significant rail freight flows already in place.

This map should answer all questions...

https://www.arcinfra.com/ARCInfrastructure/media/documents/Network%20Specifications/ARC_Map_Network.pdf
Sulla1

Great map thanks.

I was thinking in my own mind the port of Esperance which I see is on SG.

Was this line ever NG and does it get much traffic?
  62440 Chief Commissioner

Time to dust off the designs we did nearly 20 years ago for a container port to relieve North Freo, with rail connections and associated infrastructure. Yes it was dual gauge and designed for very deep water shipping and long trains. North Quay was putting 3% of boxes on rail till the new rail link was built. The target was 30% by rail. However, the throughput was expected to double so road traffic would increase by 40%. With the cancellation of links to freeways, Freo roads must be nearing capacity. It is a no-brainer that more capacity is required and Freo has limits to what can be achieved.

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