New facility to boost rail freight capacity

NSW plans on slashing truck movements and enforcing load restrictions as part of a new freight terminal facility in Sydney

NSW plans on slashing truck movements and enforcing load restrictions as part of a new freight terminal facility in Sydney.

The Sydney Ports Corporation’s Intermodal Logistics Centre (ILC) at Enfield, to be built by late 2009, is designed to increase rail’s share of the freight task and take trucks from arterial roads.

Minister for Ports and Waterways Joe Tripodi says the facility will result in 300 less truck movements a day around the airport, Port Botany and Marrickville and 80,000 fewer movements a year.

"More importantly, there’ll be 240,000 fewer truck movements per year between Port Botany and Enfield, with direct rail links to Port Botany allowing containers to be moved by rail without entering the passenger rail network," Tripodi says.

"Load restrictions will be in place to stop trucks using local roads and Sydney Ports will be improving key road intersections around the terminal."

Tripodi says the facility will help the Government achieve its target of moving 40 percent of containers by rail.

"The development of the ILC will bring a range of benefits to the logistics chain including helping move more containers closer to their final destination by rail in a way that is more efficient and environmentally friendly," Tripodi says.

When complete, the facility will have the capacity to handle up to 300,000 containers a year to be moved by rail to and from Port Botany.

The 12 hectare terminal will have eight hectares of empty container storage and 70,000 square metres of warehousing and distribution.

Up to 44,000 square metres will be used for light industrial and commercial floor space.

The Government will next week seek proposals from the private sector to rent and operate the $150 million facility, which Tripodi says will double Sydney’s current intermodal capacity.

Tripodi is banking on quality submissions from operators and tenants based on the support he has received for the facility.

More than 85 planning conditions have been imposed for the Enfield project designed to protect the environment and amenities.

The Request for tenders and operators closes at the end of March 2009.

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