Enhancing rail projects within the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan

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Simon Ormsby, Executive General Manager Strategy & Growth, Australian Rail Track Corporation delivered this presentation at the 2013 NSW State Transport Infrastructure Summit.
The State Transport Infrastructure Series of events represent the leading forums in Australia to assess the future plans for transport infrastructure development and financing across Australia. For more information, please visit www.statetransportevents.com.au

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Enhancing rail projects within the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan

  1. 1. Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan NSW Transport Infrastructure Summit 2013 Simon Ormsby, Executive GM Strategy & Growth
  2. 2. ARTC Background • ARTC established in 1998 to coordinate the national rail network • Has progressively expanded its network to include the majority of the interstate network under long term lease arrangements – this includes the Hunter Valley coal network. • Currently operates and manages over 8500km of standard gauge track • Corporations Law Company with 100% of shares owned by the Australian Government • Has received equity and grant funding from Government for specified works programs but does not receive recurrent funding • Annual revenue approximately $700m of which more than 90% is access revenue • Regulated by the ACCC through voluntary access undertakings - Ensures fairness and transparency 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 2
  3. 3. ARTC Network 3 3 2 Strategic Corridors - Hunter Valley & Interstate: Melbourne Sydney Adelaide Perth Brisbane Interstate Network – East West: Increase rail volume above economic growth Interstate Network – North South: Increase rail volumes through significant growth in rail’s share of freight transport market Hunter Valley: Increase capacity to meet port allocations & domestic coal requirements Primarily supports coal transport Primarily supports general freight transport
  4. 4. Key Aspects of the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan Short to Medium Term • A productive Port Botany • Develop a metropolitan network of intermodal terminals • Deliver the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program (Stage One) Medium Term • Protect strategic rail freight corridors • Develop rail freight capacity projects (including Port Botany line duplication) Long Term • Plan for a Western Sydney Freight Line and Western Sydney Intermodal Terminal • Continue to work with the Australian Government to develop the inland rail route Community and Environmental Impacts Pricing and Revenue Reform 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 4
  5. 5. Sydney Metropolitan Freight Network Newcastle Pt Kembla Macarthur Lithgow Sefton Cooks River Pt Botany Sth Sydney – Macarthur to Sefton (ARTC) MFN - Sefton - Cooks River - Pt Botany (ARTC) Nth Sydney – Sefton to Newcastle Sth Coast Sydney - Cooks River to Pt Kembla West Sydney - Lithgow to Sefton 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 5 • In 2010-11 approximately 2m TEU moved through Port Botany • Forecast to grow to more than 3m TEU by 2020 and between 5m - 7m by 2030 • Less than 15% is moved on rail – rail needs to form part of the solution
  6. 6. Regional Challenge 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 6 Nearly 40% of export containers are sourced outside of Sydney This is freight that is suited to a rail journey
  7. 7. Southern Sydney Freight Line Improving Access from the South • Connects ARTC interstate network at Macarthur to ARTC Metro Freight Network lease at Sefton Park • Non-electrified single track with two crossing loops • Located in RailCorp corridor but fully grade separated from existing passenger tracks • 36km total length – approximately $1billion • Serves future Moorebank intermodal terminal • Commencement of operations: – Sefton Park Jn – Leightonfield June 2012 – Leightonfield – Macarthur January 2013 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 7
  8. 8. Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Improving Access from the North • Stage one of the NSFC being advanced by Australian and NSW Government • Hexham Passing Loop on the ARTC network is completed • Future developments include; – North Strathfield underpass – Epping to Thornleigh third track – Gosford Passing Loops • ARTC will have rights in the allocation of capacity that the project delivers for utilisation by freight traffic 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 8
  9. 9. Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade • The Port Botany land side infrastructure is critical • $172m of Nation Building funding has been allocated to ARTC for the Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade Stage 1 & 2 • Key elements - Major reconfiguration and signalling of Port Botany Rail Yard, which is the interface between the rail network and the stevedores, to reduce congestion and increase capacity. - Train staging capacity at Enfield to hold and resequence trains away from the congested Port Botany area. - Additional signalling to effectively extend duplication from Cooks River to Mascot - Centralised control from ARTC’s train control facility in Junee • $100m expenditure to date 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 9
  10. 10. Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 10
  11. 11. Initial network configuration Below is the configuration of the SSFL & Port Botany Rail Line after completion of the final stage SSFL and the Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 11
  12. 12. ARTC’s Network - Capacity The Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade was specified to provide capacity comfortably in excess of 1.2m TEU • this was based on 3.2MTEU x 40% rail market share, which were the NSW policy parameters at the time the PBRL Upgrade program was drawn up • assumes complementary improvements in operating practices by train operators to improve train utilisation (utilised TEU slots per train) 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 12
  13. 13. Long Term Transport Master Plan The medium and long term plans are appropriate • Rail does not serve freight needs to the West of Sydney • Rail will provide a better solution in conjunction with intermodal terminal solutions • Future corridor reservation needs to be considered Rail cannot be the only solution to freight growth and an effective road network is important • In noting this funding must be addressed to achieve the right balance 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 13
  14. 14. Metropolitan Challenge 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 14 Rail infrastructure to Sydney West will be needed for rail to continue to meet its share
  15. 15. 15 Development of intermodal freight precincts and not rail terminals are need to facilitate the growth on rail Essential characteristics • Road and rail connections • Located in freight generating areas • Adequate size to enable co-location • Service domestic and port traffic • Open access multi-user facilities Long Term Transport Master Plan
  16. 16. Long Term Transport Master Plan • Approximately $1.5bn of privately funded investment has or is projected form investment to support rail movements in Sydney • Rail infrastructure can be funded partly or solely from private sources as rail charges are directly aligned to section of network • Rail may attract grant funding due to its positive externality benefits that cannot be captured commercially • The Transport Master Plan recognises the inherent flaws in funding a road network for freight and proposes • Implement distance based charging on new or upgraded motorways • WestConnex will deliver the next phase of distance based tolling in the Sydney motorway network • In the medium term, distance charging for all heavy vehicles on all routes • In the longer term, directly aligning the charge (based on mass, distance or location) applied to all vehicles with their frequency of use of the road network • Reform pricing for heavy vehicle road use • NSW will seek more direct charging of heavy vehicles for the roads that they use, with these revenues being re-invested in transport • This would result in NSW receiving heavy vehicle revenues based on heavy vehicle use on the NSW road network 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 16
  17. 17. Thankyou and Questions 13/08/2013 ARTC – Enhancing Rail Projects within the NSW Long Term Master Transport Plan 17

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