SCT girds for rail initiative with Bromelton terminal


Intermodal firm eyes North-South Rail Corridor with latest facility

SCT girds for rail initiative with Bromelton terminal
The Bromelton facility under construction.

 

SCT aims to run its first train service from Melbourne to its newly developed Bromelton Intermodal Estate in January.

Bromelton’s completion will mark ‘the final piece of the puzzle" for SCT’s entry onto the North-South Rail Corridor, it says.

Expected to have a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes of freight a year, the $30 million rail terminal is south of Brisbane and connects directly into the existing standard gauge Interstate rail line.

"Whilst the North South corridor continues to be dominated by the road industry, we’re confident that our approach to this particular corridor complemented by SCT’s unique rail model, will allow us to provide a strong and unique value proposition to the market," SCT Logistics CEO Glenn Smith says.

"Our new Queensland facility will also allow us to expand our business in key regional areas such as Wodonga, whilst enhancing our capabilities on the Melbourne to Brisbane and Adelaide to Brisbane rail corridor will provide competitive and flexible rail solutions to customers going into and out of the state."

Whilst already servicing the Brisbane market, the company reckons its own independent rail services will broaden its service offering and provide customers with the opportunity to utilise its integrated rail network and expanded national footprint.

"This major investment will allow SCT to run a number of weekly services into and out of Brisbane, connecting businesses from Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria directly into the Queensland market," SCT says.

The 134ha site features a 10,500 square metre cross dock terminal, a 5,000sqm container handling area and more than 7.3km of internal rail track.

As with other SCT Intermodal developments, Bromelton is open to tenants and customers to locate their facilities on a major rail head.

SCT sees its Wodonga Rail Terminal at Logic Park, playing a "significant role" in developing SCT’s Queensland rail services.

The Wodonga terminal will connect customers of regional Victoria to Queensland, South Australia and WA.

That facility ran its first official train on October 13 and now runs several services a week between Wodonga, South Australia and Western Australia.

Both the Brisbane and Wodonga Terminals will officially celebrate their openings in early next year.

SCT has gained strong backing for Bromelton from Federal MP for Wright Scott Buchholz and Scenic Rim Regional Council for the development 6km from Beaudesert on the Beaudesert-Boonah Road, which gained $9.6 million in federal National Stronger Regions Fund cash last year.

The council insists the terminal will draw other major companies to the region, create jobs and drive major economic growth in Brisbane’s Southern Region and Buchholz has said the SCT freight terminal is a "game-changer for freight and logistics in south-east Queensland"

 

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