Tender request for A$2bn Sydney freight terminal

The Australian government has called for tenders from the private sector for a large intermodal freight terminal to be built by 2017. The facility is expected to remove 3,300 trucks a day from Sydney’s road network.

The Australian government has committed to building a large intermodal freight terminal in Sydney and has issued a request for tenders from the private sector to fund, design, build and operate the facility.

At a press conference, Australia’s infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese said the total project value would be around A$2 billion (€1.6 billion; $2.1 billion) and that the project would remove around 3,300 trucks per day from Sydney’s road network.

The Moorebank Intermodal Terminal project will see a rail link constructed from Sydney’s Port Botany to a new freight terminal and warehousing facilities at Moorebank, a Sydney suburb. The shift from road transport to rail is expected to ease congestion on the city’s roads. In future years, it is anticpated that an inter-state terminal will be added.

Moorebank was chosen as the location by advisers KPMG and Greenhill Caliburn because of its close proximity to major routes such as the M5, the M7 and the Southern Sydney Freight Line. 

A statement from Albanese and finance minister Penny Wong said the creation of 1,650 jobs was anticipated during construction and a further 1,700 jobs in the region once the project is up and running. Forecasts predict an injection of A$135 million per year into the economy of south-west Sydney.

The statement said that private sector bidders would be selected through “an open and competitive tender process” that would be managed by Government Business Enterprise, which is yet to be established and will include an “experienced” private sector board with a “strong commercial focus”.

The terminal is expected to be open in 2017, subject to planning and environmental approvals. Further details are available at www.finance.gov.au.