Government deserves support for Moorebank decision: RTBU


The union representing rail workers has thrown its support behind the planned Moorebank intermodal terminal

April 26, 2012

The union representing rail workers has thrown its support behind the planned Moorebank intermodal terminal, claiming it is necessary to tackling congestion and improving productivity.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union says the terminal, which will include a dedicated rail shuttle between Moorebank and Port Botany, will be critical to increasing rail’s share of the freight task.

RTBU National Secretary Bob Nanva says the mode’s share of container movements has fallen in recent years while the number of truck movements has increased.

"Increasing rail's share of container movements is the only way to ensure NSW roads are not clogged with ever increasing numbers of trucks," Nanva says.

"The Federal Government's decision to push ahead with this terminal is crucial. It will improve quality of life for Sydney residents, while also boosting productivity across the transport sector."

The terminal is forecast to create 1650 full-time jobs during the construction phase and 1700 ongoing jobs once it begins operating in 2017. The Federal Government is also planning to expand the site to an interstate terminal after 2029.

"This project delivers on multiple fronts - more jobs for Western Sydney, a productivity boost for the industry and fewer trucks on the road for Sydney residents to do battle with on congested motorways," Nanva says.

"The Federal Government deserves support for pushing ahead with the project."

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese claims the terminal will reduce truck numbers by 3300 each day from 2020 and add $135 million a year to the local economy.

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