Toll starts work on huge Melbourne Airport facility


Parcel-sorting centre joint venture with airport owner aims to accelerate efficiencies

Toll starts work on huge Melbourne Airport facility
Toll’s new airport facility will handle up to 35,000 parcels per hour

 

Toll has started construction of its huge new freight sorting facility at Melbourne Airport, one that mirrors a similar development in Sydney.

Works have started on the 71,000 square metre, $150 million facility on 20 hectares next to Melbourne Airport, with Toll claiming an Australian record for building of its kind.

It is being developed in conjunction with Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) – with Toll investing $50 million and Melbourne Airport $100 million – and is expected to be operational by the end of 2015.

The investment will help boost the capabilities of Toll’s dedicated online parcel delivery service, Toll Consumer Delivery, according to Toll Group Managing Director Brian Kruger.

"The custom-designed facility, with its highly specialised sortation system will triple our current parcel sorting capacity in Melbourne to an unprecedented 35,000 parcels per hour," Kruger says.

"Given the growth we’re seeing in online retail, it is important we continue to improve our already-extensive national network to make it second to none."

Toll says a 12-month modelling process considered infrastructure and demographic data and projections, freight task data, growth rates, and customer and industry trends.

Benefits in terms of improving safety, fleet productivity, parcel-sorting speed and accuracy, and energy and cost efficiencies are expected at a location featuring immediate access to the airport and arterial roads.

The new facility will be home to more than 500 operational and administrative roles, currently spread across three sites in Altona and Dandenong.

"This important part of our national network adds to our other industry-leading investments over the past few years that include the $170 million freight sorting facility that will soon start operating in Sydney," Kruger says.

 

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