Airport at Badgerys Creek confirmed, now for the links

ALC calls for freight and logistics efficiencies to be part of broader planning for western Sydney

Airport at Badgerys Creek confirmed, now for the links
Airport is only part of the equation


A Federal Government is girding up for another go at building Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek.

This time it is the Coalition, with Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss confirming the location and launching The Australian Government's Sydney Aviation Strategy document for consultation.

Although the Western Sydney airport will not be fully operational for a decade, planning for the new airport will start immediately and construction should start in 2016, the Government says.

Coupled with the announcement is the flagging of support road and rail infrastructure, with the New South Wales Government to roll out details in the coming days.

In the meantime, the Australian Logistics Council has used the hiatus to call for "a multi-modal hub that places equal importance on the movement of freight and people".

ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff notes the crucial formal steps needed, particularly "identifying and preserving the land and corridors for the road and rail links needed to support the development of a regional multi-modal freight hub to cater for the growth in the NSW freight task".

He also called for efficiency to be planned into the overarching strategy.

"All parts of the supply chain – including road, rail, port and aviation intermodal infrastructure – need to be developed in an integrated way to ensure maximum efficiencies are achieved," Kilgariff says.  

"ALC encourages governments to recognise the economic benefits that will come from ensuring there are appropriate links with key freight lines, including for example the Southern Sydney Rail Line1, which will be needed in the long term to maximise the efficient movement of freight through Sydney and across the state.

"While acknowledging the Prime Minister’s confirmation that urban passenger rail is a state responsibility, ALC looks forward to both levels of government providing appropriate levels of financial support for freight rail, which is a shared responsibility.

"We would also encourage governments to ensure planning for the airport takes into account the benefits that can be achieved by creating road links that can cater for high productivity vehicles which can carry more freight safely and more efficiently than conventional heavy vehicles.

"The best time to achieve these outcomes is early in the planning process, before critical freight corridors are lost to incompatible land uses, such as urban or commercial development."

The planning and development of a Badgery’s Creek freight hub should also consider links with other major freight facilities in Sydney, including at Eastern Creek, the Intermodal Logistics Centre at Enfield, and Chullora and Moorebank Intermodal terminals

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