THE AUSTRALIAN Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed yesterday’s announcement that the Sydney Gateway project was progressing, and particularly that the new road links would be toll-free.
ALC chair Philip Davies said ALC had long been on the record calling for clarity around the details of the infrastructure project, which is to enhance the safe and efficient movement of freight in Sydney.
“Yesterday’s announcement by the NSW government will help to provide some of the certainty freight logistics operators have been seeking as to how the Sydney Gateway will interact with key freight facilities, including Sydney Airport and Port Botany,” he said.
“The duplication of the freight rail line at Port Botany will be especially crucial to allow a growing Sydney to meet its future freight task.”
Mr Davies said it was particularly important to ensure that the Cooks River Intermodal Terminal has direct access to the Sydney Gateway.
“It will be imperative to make certain that construction of the route does not significantly impede this terminal’s crucial port and intermodal related operations,” he said.
Mr Davies also noted that it is important that connectivity to Port Botany be enhanced beyond the Sydney Gateway project by addressing capacity constraints of General Holmes Drive and connectivity from Foreshore Road to the M5 East.
“The Sydney Gateway will undoubtedly help to alleviate road congestion around one of Australia’s busiest freight precincts. To that end, yesterday’s announcement will be welcomed by freight logistics operators and the wider community.”
Yesterday (12 September), NSW minister for roads, maritime and freight Melinda Pavey said the Port Botany freight rail duplication between Botany and Mascot would be part of the Sydney Gateway project.
“This will take trucks off local roads by shifting more freight from road to rail, increasing capacity and improving service reliability to Sydney’s ports,” she said.