Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation
The NSFC Program of works has the potential to transform east coast freight operations whilst also offering very significant improvements in Main North Line passenger capacity. Currently, rail is a small player in the east coast interstate general (containerised) freight market with about 13% of volumes overall. If the whole land transport network is to operate effectively, rail needs to do its share of the heavy lifting in the general freight market.
There has been significant investment in the east coast interstate network over the last 5 years and resolving Main North Line freight capacity restrictions (Strathfield – Broadmeadow) will complete the missing link, benefitting the whole network. Our forecasts suggest that over the next 10 years demand for freight train movements on the Main North Line Corridor will increase by between 1.7 and three times, driven by economic growth and a shift to rail as a result of increases in fuel and labour costs. A commitment to a long term investment strategy for this corridor will provide the necessary capacity for rail to lifts its mode share to between 35 – 40%
The NSW Government obtained $15 million funding under the Australian Government's Nation Building Program for the feasibility assessment, planning and scoping of works to meet long term freight requirements on the Main North Line. TIDC was commissioned in August 2008 to undertake this work. Inthe mo st recent budget, the Australian Government has committed $840 million through the Nation Building Program towards the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program of works.
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