This Week in Transport September 1

This Week


01 September 2017

This week I toured TNT's distribution hub at Erskine Park with Prime Minister Turnbull to see how this sophisticated facility sorts and dispatches freight. One reason TNT chose this location was because of convenient access to Western Sydney Airport. When the airport opens in 2026 it will deliver a big boost to logistics activity in the surrounding area.

Construction on the M80 Ring Road at night time.

Nearly 500 people work at TNT's distribution hub; this is a good example of the kinds of jobs that will be stimulated by Western Sydney Airport. This week the Government released modelling from Ernst and Young this week that estimates the Airport will generate 28,000 jobs—some directly on the airport, and some downstream—by 2031. Nearly 3000 of these jobs will be in the transport and logistics sector.

Construction on the M80 Ring Road at night time.

Earlier in the week I spoke at the Queensland Infrastructure Summit on the importance of aligning infrastructure to meet population growth, and how the Turnbull Government is investing in infrastructure projects to support growth in urban and regional Queensland.

This week also saw the Oaklands Crossing project in South Australia take another step towards construction with expressions of interest called to design the project. Of the estimated cost of $174 million, $95 million has been committed by the Turnbull Government. This video shows how the project will benefit South Australian commuters.

Ever wondered how many thousands of kilometres of roads we have in Australia? Or how much it cost to build them? You can find some answers in my recent blog post about the history and quality of Australia's roads.