Work to develop a rail simulation model to better understand the capacity and capability of the rail network serving the port has recently been completed.
Undertaken by the University of Wollongongs SMART Infrastructure facility and the CSIRO, the project examined the supply chain of bulk products?including steel, grain and coal - to the port and investigated how the existing rail network can support the future expansion of the port.
The research focussed on issues such as future demand on train lines, passenger and freight trains sharing the same tracks, and the interconnection of the Illawarra and Sydney rail networks.
Participants to the study included Port Kembla Coal Terminal, BlueScope Steel, NSW Transport, Australian Rail Track Corporation, RailCorp and PKPC as the project manager.
In conjunction with this work, is the development of the Outer Harbour Rail Master Plan. The objective of this plan is to investigate, analyse and recommend the optimum rail layout in the Outer Harbour to service the potential growth in bulk trades and containers.
Ownership of all major rail assets in the port ensures that rail is given a high priority in the consideration of the ports future transport requirements. The Master Plan contributes to the PKPC vision of providing integrated logistics solutions within the port and to encourage modal shift where practical from road to rail.
It is expected that the Outer Harbour Rail Master Plan will be discussed with key stakeholders in early 2012.