Pacific National pegs Parkes site at rail crossroads

By: Jason Whittaker


Asciano will develop a new intermodal freight terminal at the transport cross-roads of Parkes in New South Wales. The Toll offshoot

Asciano will develop a new intermodal freight terminal at the transport cross-roads of Parkes in New South Wales.

The Toll offshoot and parent company of rail operator Pacific National has completed the purchase of 327 hectares of freehold land as part of the Parkes multi-modal transport hub.

Concept plans have already been approved by the NSW Government for the development of the terminal, Asciano says.

The site will include a rail terminal and container storage centre, as well as national logistics and distribution facilities.

The staged development will allow Pacific National to add capacity to its intermodal operations as it is needed.

The new terminal will also increase the ability to double stack trains from Parkes to Perth originating out of Sydney.

Asciano chief Mark Rowsthorn says the terminal will add capacity to handle additional rail freight volumes in the fututre.

"Located west of Parkes, the land sits right at the junction of the east-west interstate rail corridor and proposed Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail corridor," he says.

"The proposed terminal will provide direct mainline access to both corridors and will ensure Pacific National has prime position on the proposed inland rail route."

Pacific National has dedicated freight terminals in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

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