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ST MARYS could receive a multimillion dollar intermodal freight terminal next year if plans are approved by the State Government. Australia’s largest rail and ports company, Asciano, announced the $100 million terminal would create dozens of jobs.
The terminal would link Sydney’s freight network via a rail line which is proposed to run from the second Sydney airport, at Badgerys Creek, through St Marys and then join the North West Rail Link.
The proposed site stretches more than 43ha along Forrester Rd, Christie St and the current rail line in St Marys. A spokesman for Asciano revealed the St Marys site would output more than 301,000 shipping containers annually, relieving pressure on Sydney’s roads.
The project is the biggest of a three-part plan for a “constellation hub” throughout Western Sydney, removing more than 90,000 truck journeys a year from Sydney’s roads.
Current facilities in Chullora will be upgraded, the terminal in St Marys developed and an additional terminal developed in Parkes in the state’s west as part of the company’s expansion.
A PROPOSED $100 million intermodal freight terminal could bring dozens of jobs to the region.
Australia’s largest rail and ports company, Asciano, has revealed plans to develop an inland shipping container terminal in St Marys, which will output 301,000 shipping containers annually.
The terminal would link Sydney’s freight network via a rail line, which is proposed to run from the second Sydney airport, at Badgerys Creek, through St Marys, and join the North West Rail Link.
The proposed site stretches 43ha along Forrester Rd and the rail line in St Marys.
Asciano chief executive John Mullen said: “We announce the development of a new intermodal terminal at St Marys in Sydney’s west. This terminal will be located in close proximity to the major distribution centres in Eastern Creek, and surrounding suburbs, where a significant proportion of import freight arriving at Port Botany currently ends up.”
The project is the biggest of a three-part plan to develop a range of intermodal facilities throughout Western Sydney, keeping more than 90,000 truck journeys a year off Sydney’s roads.
The plan will see an upgrade of the company’s current facilities in Chullora, the development of the terminal in St Marys, and the development of an additional terminal in Parkes, in the state’s west.
A development application for the site has been lodged with the State Government’s planning department.
An Asciano spokesman said, if approved, terminal construction was expected to start early next year.
“We have recently submitted a preliminary environmental assessment and, pending approval, we expect construction to commence in 2016,” he said.
“We expect the project to create dozens of local jobs during the construction phase and when in operation over the coming years.”
The St Marys proposal comes after NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced on Monday that a Western Sydney Priority Growth Area would be created to fast-track jobs, homes and infrastructure in the area.
“This is an exciting step forward in the future planning of Western Sydney,” Mr Stokes said.