Construction kicks off on Moorebank Interstate Terminal
Construction has officially started on the container handling facilities of the new Moorebank Interstate Terminal, a vital piece of Australia’s largest intermodal logistics precinct – the Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP).
With work to construct the container handling facilities starting today, the interstate terminal remains on schedule and will be operational early next year.
Expected to support over 1,300 jobs during construction and 6,800 ongoing jobs once operating at full capacity, the MLP will provide a real jobs and economic boon for New South Wales.
With the capacity to service 1,800-metre-long interstate trains, each moving approximately 1,500 tonnes of consumer goods, the terminal will become a major interchange point for freight along the east coast.
This will replace over 100 B-double trucks per train trip, reducing congestion on our roads while facilitating the expected increase in future Australian freight volumes.
With a site area of over 240 hectares – equivalent in size to the Sydney CBD – the entire MLP will include:
- the already operational dedicated rail link to Port Botany
- the now underway interstate terminal, which will link Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
- over 850,000 square metres of state-of-the-art warehousing
- links to key roads, including the M5 and M7.
The MLP will complement the progressive freight enhancements in the national network such as the additional capability brought online through Inland Rail, as well as terminals for Melbourne and Brisbane.
The Australian Government has committed $570 million in funding towards the MLP.
For more information on the Moorebank Interstate Terminal, visit www.micl.com.au/interstate-terminal.
Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:
“The progress being made at Moorebank demonstrates our government’s commitment to supporting a more efficient, resilient and integrated transport and logistics supply chain, which is vital for many Australian businesses and the national economy.
“This project will significantly enhance the resilience of Australia’s supply chain, while providing thousands of local jobs and reducing transport emissions.
“It will also support more competitive freight costs, reduce traffic congestion, increase road safety and deliver better environmental outcomes.
“This is yet another example of our Government’s commitment to delivering the world-class infrastructure that will form the backbone of Australia’s future economy.”
Quotes attributable to Finance Minister Katy Gallagher:
“Faster and more reliable freight transport services will be beneficial to the Australian economy.”
“It not only provides savings for businesses, but it will also lower prices for Australian families, helping alleviate cost of living pressures.”