Home > Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Agreement critical to Sydney’s freight future

Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Agreement critical to Sydney’s freight future

Supplier News

The Australian Logistics Council welcomes the Federal Government’s approval for the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA) to develop and operate the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal.

According to ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff, the agreement between the Moorebank Intermodal Company and SIMTA to develop and operate the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal is an important step towards improving freight efficiency in Sydney.

He said that the Moorebank terminal was critical to Sydney’s freight future as it will support greater efficiency in freight movement to and from Port Botany as well as connect to the national road/rail network, providing a much needed boost to national freight efficiency.

This agreement also means that work can finally commence on delivering the economic, environmental and community benefits that this national freight project has promised for more than 10 years.

Mr Kilgariff explained that ALC has always advocated for the important ‘inland port’ to be developed in such a way that the enormous potential of this site, which sits at the juncture of major road and rail links in Sydney’s logistics heartland, is maximised.

Mr Kilgariff also congratulated all parties involved in the process, including the Commonwealth and State Governments, the Moorebank Intermodal Company and SIMTA consortium members Aurizon and Qube.

Referring to an ALC report, which revealed that a 1% improvement in supply chain efficiency would boost GDP by $2 billion, Mr Kilgariff said it was imperative governments focussed on improving road and rail connections to major ports. Moving more freight to rail has the potential to improve urban amenity, reduce road congestion and decrease queuing times at ports.

Mr Kilgariff added that the latest announcement was an important milestone in the process to augment existing capacity at Enfield and Chullora and to deliver an integrated network solution to Sydney’s intermodal needs.

He also encourages all governments to continue to support the growth of intermodal terminals within their jurisdictions, given Australia’s rising freight task and increasing levels of congestion on major freight routes.

Mr Kilgariff also acknowledged the Commonwealth’s contribution of $370 million towards the project, and noted that the agreement had been subject to a cost-benefit analysis, which demonstrated that the economic benefits exceeded the costs.

Mr Kilgariff said he looked forward to the project obtaining all necessary planning and environmental approvals before work commenced later this year.

Newsletter sign-up

The latest products and news delivered to your inbox