Monday 22nd Oct, 2018

Botany Rail duplication to be a boon for Enfield

Photo: NSW Ports
Photo: NSW Ports

A COOL $400m earmarked in the federal budget to duplicate the Port Botany rail line has the Sydney logistics industry abuzz with expectations the bottleneck soon will be a thing of the past.

As the operator of one of Sydney’s busy intermodal terminals, LINX Cargo Care Group was among those industry players welcoming the development.

LINX CEO Anthony Jones told DCN it was a positive development for the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre.

“The rail line is one of the key bottlenecks in the Port Botany operations, so trains currently can get held up at Botany yard,” he said.

“What the investment means, is we’ll have bi-directional rail running right between Enfield and Botany; it’ll definitely increase rail capacity.”

Mr Jones said the rail duplication would allow for the site’s capacity of 300,000 TEU per year to be achieved.

“Customers want to see reliability in their supply chains, and duplication provides that reliability.”

LINX took over the Enfield site from Aurizon earlier this year as Aurizon divested from its interstate intermodal business.

Mr Jones said the transition has progressed on track.

“Our key focuses have been on working with exporters and getting an empty container park established on site,” he said.

“It’s a well-built terminal and the equipment and things were handed over in good condition.”

The Enfield Intermodal Terminal is a 15.1-hectare leasehold from NSW Ports.

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