TasRail has achieved a new benchmark, with the total number of tonnes freighted across Tasmania’s rail network exceeding three million in 2016/17.
It’s the first time TasRail has freighted three million tonnes in a 12-month period.
TasPort’s Annual Report revealed it achieved considerable freight growth in the financial year with total tonnes of coal delivered by rail increasing by 43 per cent, the total net tonnes of cement freighted by rail increasing by 9 per cent and the total container volumes (TEU) up 7 per cent.
TasRail CEO Damien White said three million tonnes of freight on rail equated to at least 140,000 less heavy vehicle movements on our roads and 55,000 less tonnes of harmful emissions into our environment.
“I am extremely proud of the ongoing commitment of the entire TasRail team to safety, innovation, leadership and excellence,” Mr White said.
“TasRail has come a long way since its inception in December 2009 and our achievements in the 2016/17 financial year show that many Tasmanians now regard rail as a safe, reliable and competitive alternative to road transport.”
Other significant accomplishments noted in the Annual Report include:
- a 25 per cent increase in shiploading;
- $52.2 million capital spend on rail infrastructure;
- The largest intake of trainee drivers since TasRail’s inception; and
- a 42 per cent increase in workforce gender diversity.