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Highest percentage share of containers on rail nationwide

Increasing the volume of containers moved by rail to and from the Fremantle Inner Harbour is a strategic priority.

Since the North Quay Rail terminal was built in 2006 and extended in 2014 the number of containers on rail and the percentage of containers on rail compared to on road have grown.

Major advantages in using rail are reduced traffic congestion on roads, assisting in reducing environmental and social impacts, and greater fuel efficiency compared to road transport.

Increased use of rail for container freight reduces the rate of growth of port-related truck transport and continues to have strong community support.

Containers on rail saved about 90,000 truck trips

Rail Share and Trucks Off Road
During 2017-18, rail's market share was 16.1 per cent (in 2003-04 it was 2 per cent). 

124,000 TEU (16%) carried by rail

Road and rail service volumes
Rail receives financial support from the State Government in recognition of the vital role it plays and the inherent difficulty it has in competing with road transport over short distances. The rail subsidy has been increased from $30 to $50/TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit).


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