New publication underscores proper infrastructure planning, ALC states


Greater Sydney Commission report emphasis sustained investment needs in freight corridors

New publication underscores proper infrastructure planning, ALC states
Kilgariff says ALC will continue to pursue its approach to key freight corridor preservation.

 

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) underlines the importance of infrastructure planning and perseveration of key freight corridors to ensure an efficient freight network in Sydney over the next four decades.

ALC MD Michael Kilgariff says Greater Sydney Commission’s new publication, Directions for a Greater Sydney, highlights a recurring theme in the publication that all stakeholders must accept the need for strategically planned investments that will provide certainly and clarity for investors and local communities alike.

"ALC welcomes particularly its emphasis on sustained investment in freight corridors, such as the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor and the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal," Kilgariff says.

"As the Commission correctly notes, the construction of Western Sydney Airport will be the catalyst for significant additional economic expansion in Western Sydney in the years ahead.

"This facility will complement the freight activity that already occurs at Sydney Airport and Port Botany, and help a burgeoning city meet its future freight task.

"It’s pleasing to note the Commission has also highlighted the importance of the Port Botany rail line duplication – a project which ALC has long-argued is vital in ensuring the city’s freight network is able to keep pace with growing demand.

"ALC strongly supports the WestConnex project and its potential to improve traffic flows and alleviate congestion for freight logistics operators using the Sydney road network."

"There is no doubt the Sydney Gateway has improved the project, and ALC looks forward to clarification as to how it will connect with Port Botany and Sydney Airport, given the critical role these two facilities play in the city’s freight network."

Kilgariff says ALC will continue to pursue its approach to corridor preservation as part of the continuing development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

"This aligns with ALC’s continuing advocacy for freight movement to be accorded much greater weight in planning policy," he says.

"In particular, it’s imperative to have in place a comprehensive, nationally-consistent approach to corridor preservation, so that the efficiency and future growth of our freight networks is not compromised by urban encroachment."

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