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Jobs boom from $100M investment
A MASSIVE new Rail Freight Hub at St Marys will become the epicentre of freight processing in NSW and take 80,000 truck trips off Western Sydney’s congested road network.
he Hub will create 230 jobs as part of a combined investment value of up to $100M to shift freight off the city’s road network and on to rail.
Rail Express Magazine reported the NSW government had approved construction of the new facility in the heart of Western Sydney, allowing shipping containers to be hauled by freight trains from Port Botany to St Marys rather than transported by thousands of truck trips on busy Sydney motorways.
Pacific National’s CEO Dean Dalla Valle said St Marys Freight Hub would shift up to 301,000 shipping containers on to rail each year, removing 70,000 to 80,000 truck trips off Sydney’s congested motorways annually, helping to improve road safety and the daily commute of thousands of motorists.
“By shifting more freight on to rail between Port Botany and Western Sydney, the number of truck trips on the congested M4 and M5 motorways will be reduced by 8.7m kms each year, that’s equivalent to 23 trips to the moon,” he said.
Mr Dalla Valle said St Marys Freight Hub would allow more people to live and work locally, rather than commuting around 130km each day between Western Sydney and Port Botany.
“With Western Sydney’s population forecast to grow by another 1.7m people by 2036, freight will be in high demand as will the need for new skilled employment in the region,” he said.
Mr Dalla Valle said under the development consent for St Marys Freight Hub, Pacific National had a year to start construction with early works expected in coming months. “This project will play an important role in helping to boost the NSW economy as it recovers from the deep shocks of the coronavirus crisis.
“With the Covid 19 global pandemic creating the most testing employment conditions since the Great Depression, the St Marys Freight Hub will create 60 construction jobs during the building phase and more than 170 full-time jobs once fully up and running,” he said.
Mr Dalla Valle said St Marys Freight Hub was ideally located to process large volumes of containerised freight, with many of Australia’s major retailers and wholesalers operating national warehousing and distribution centres within 15km of the new intermodal facility.
“Imported shipping containers will be hauled from Port Botany to St Marys Freight Hub by train, then transported to nearby warehouses and distribution centres by truck to be unpacked,” he said.
Mr Dalla Valle said contents of shipping containers included everything from food, medical supplies, building products and household items like TVs, washing machines and furniture.
“To put this in perspective, a single shipping container can hold approximately 25,000 rolls of toilet paper, 55,000 cans of tinned food or 1,500 cases of beer,” he said.
Pacific National has partnered with port logistics operator ACFS who will manage and operate the St Marys Freight Hub and deliver shipping containers the ‘last mile’ by truck to retail and wholesale customers at surrounding warehouses and distribution centres.
ACFS Port Logistics CEO Arthur Tzaneros said St Marys Freight Hub would be a game changer for commercial and industrial areas and facilities in Western Sydney where the majority of large-scale customer warehouses and distribution centres are located.
“The strategically located 43ha hub – initially 10ha in size – will increase reliability and cost efficiency of freight movements for ACFS customers. It is located outside of Sydney’s road toll zone and will help ensure freight deliveries are not delayed in traffic congestion on the city’s motorways,” he said.
Source: Rail Express Magazine       


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