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Intermodal freight hub closer to reality for Wagga Wagga

Development of a $54 million Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub at Wagga Wagga in New South Wales has taken a major step forward.

On 18 July, Wagga Wagga City Council commenced direct negotiations Traxion an Australian company focused on developing and operating open access railway terminals and infrastructure.

Traxion was selected as the preferred applicant from council s recent Expressions of Interest process for developing four key areas within the RiFL Hub direct rail access, rail related development, the intermodal facility and agricultural bulky goods areas.

Artist's impression of Intermodal Freight Complex. Source: Wagga Wagga Council

Artist s impression of Intermodal Freight Complex. Source: Wagga Wagga Council

Council is working with Traxion to review current and future business opportunities specific to the RiFL Hub. This will continue for a period of two to three months.

With Traxion s involvement, we have created a practical path for the project that incorporates the delivery of the right infrastructure at the right time to support the development of a commercially viable freight hub, said council s Director of Commercial and Economic Development, Dr Peter Adams.

Since launching a Master Plan in 2009 which nominated an intermodal hub as a high priority, the RiFL Hub has gained significant investment from council and the Federal Government towards constructing the essential enabling road and rail infrastructure.

In more recent times, council has been working with the NSW Government to secure additional funds to build the essential enabling road infrastructure.

The RiFL Hub has been designed to deliver the following to NSW and the Wagga Wagga region:

  • A highly efficient and cost effective intermodal operation;
  • Reduced cost of logistics in the supply chain;
  • Ongoing growth of state and regional economies and long-term employment opportunities;
  • Support to the state s significant investment in rail infrastructure, both Sydney-based and state-wide;
  • Improved import and export services direct to Port Botany, Port of Melbourne and other ports depending on economic advantage;
  • An operation that is integrated with the national transport and logistics network; and
  • A freight shift from road to rail.

The RiFL Hub has always been about council partnering with all levels of government and the private sector to provide regional business access to a competitive freight solution that will open up commercial opportunities to the nation and the world, Dr Adams said.



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