The Australian Government approved $145.4 million for the Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade - Stage 2 as part of the Port Botany Road and Rail Access and Handling Improvements Package. This commitment is in addition to the Australian Governments previous commitment of $27.16 million towards the now complete Port Botany Rail Upgrades Stage 1 project.
Stage 2 of the project involves additional signalling and other works at Port Botany, Cooks River and Enfield to provide further operational efficiencies at those locations.
These funds are being applied to a range of works including:
- separation of train control and signalling interfaces to enable ARTC train control from its Junee train control facility;
- additional signalling and other works at Port Botany, Cooks River and Enfield; and
- establishment of train staging capacity at Enfield Yard.
These improvements will help meet growing demand for container transport by rail and to achieve efficiencies in operating and maintenance practices.
This project complements a number of other rail and intermodal projects in the Sydney region, such as the Southern Sydney Freight Line, Northern Sydney Freight Corridor and the proposed Enfield and Moorebank intermodal terminals. In combination, these projects will significantly improve the efficiency of freight rail in and around Australia’s largest city.
The Australian Government approved funding of up to $145.4 million towards this project.
This project further develops works commenced under the $27.16 million Port Botany Rail Upgrade Stage 1 project, which commenced in October 2008 and was completed in February 2012. The Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade Stage 2, which continued these works, commenced in August 2010 and was operationally complete in May 2015.
In early January 2015, the Australian Rail Track Corporation successfully commissioned the project's major signalling components, including at the Enfield Staging Yards, to full capability. This will result in a more efficient and reliable rail network for freight handing into and out of Port Botany. Post-commissioning works, including testing and correction of any defects and the removal of redundant componentry, were completed in May 2015.