The NSW government is planning to prepare a “Strategic Business Case” to improve the road network serving the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project. Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said, “Roads and Maritime Services has completed modelling and continues to work with Moorebank Intermodal proponents to assess how to mitigate the impacts of the Intermodal Terminal and cater for wider growth in the Liverpool and Moorebank area.”
The modelling has not been disclosed.
Ms Pavey was responding to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley about whether the government had allocated any money for road works on nearby off-site roads to respond to increased heavy vehicle traffic associated with the Moorebank Intermodal. She said the “Strategic Business Case” would be subject to an “assurance review”.
Ms Pavey did not disclose whether the proponents of the Moorebank Intermodal would be required to pay for any road upgrades on nearby roads.
Container trucks and light vehicles from the intermodal will be merging into or crossing the M5 Motorway at the Georges River Bridge between Moorebank Ave and the Hume Hwy. A portion of the M5 “is expected to exceed capacity as early as 2016” as indicated by the NSW Freight and Port Strategy of November 2013.
Ms Pavey said her Department was negotiating with Moorebank Intermodal proponents in relation to how to mitigate the impacts.