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Rail reforms to lift Hunter Valley coal throughput to 82m tonnes

<p>Rail will have a big part to play in improving the efficiency of the Hunter Valley coal chain with introduction of changes aimed at eliminating bottlenecks.</p> <p>The Hunter Valley industry is targetting a throughput of 82m tonnes a year as it begins to implement recommendations from its integration design team.</p> <p>The industry has endorsed the team’s reforms that are ultimately aimed at reducing the queue of coal ships off the port of Newcastle.</p> <p>A Pacific National spokesman said one of the most immediate changes for rail will be a more specific approach to matching coal with ships in port.</p> <p>"One of the issues the team identifies is the matching of the coal on the train with the specific requirements of the ship currently being loaded," he said.</p> <p>Pacific National will also ensure it knows exactly where each train is and what load the train is carrying, and will keep Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) informed further in advance of a train’s arrival at the stock yards.</p> <p>"There will be closer contact," he said.</p> <p>The spokesman said the design team process was "a very productive and constructive exercise".</p> <p>PCWS general manager David Brewer said many reforms will be implemented this month.</p> <p>"There are going to be reforms in the way Port Waratah Coal Services runs its stockyards and plans its shiploading," Mr Brewer said.</p> <br />