PLANS from NSW Ports to expand on-dock rail infrastructure at Port Botany have been welcomed by the state government.

However a spokesperson for Transport for NSW said they would also monitor the impact of the $3.08 increase in wharfage fees to be applied to full import and export containers.

“The extra rail sidings complement the Port Botany Rail duplication and will help to meet the target of 28% of containers being transported by rail by 2021, taking more trucks off our roads,” a transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“The decrease in truck movements will also help with the target of 90% of peak travel on key roads being on time.

“Getting the rail line to work efficiently and reliably for imports and exports, will ensure faster turnaround times and streamlined delivery of goods to port.”

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The spokesperson said there were more than 70 initiatives included in the NSW Freight and Ports Plan installing and operating new technologies at ports such as tracking systems for containers, new truck tracking systems and drone trials to investigate delays in moving goods.

“Transport for NSW will monitor the impact of the increased charge and benefits realised from the expansion program,” the spokesperson said.

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