Freight operators will soon have better access to the Chullora Intermodal with the Federal and NSW governments agreeing to jointly fund the first stage of upgrades of the local roads connecting the facility to the Hume Highway.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said $345,000 project will target Muir Road between Rockwood Road and Dasea Street as well as Dasea Street to the entrance of the Terminal—see below.
“The package of works will involve resurfacing section of these two roads as well as strengthening their foundations at various points, measures which will allow them to be used by heavier vehicles,” said Mr Albanese.
“The relatively small investment being made here will deliver major long term benefits. In fact Infrastructures Australia has estimated that the current restrictions on the use of these roads has cost the economy and freight operators some $22 million over the past five years.
“What’s more, fixing these local roads connecting major highways to important freight hubs such as the one at Chullora is in line with the recommendations set out in our National Freight Strategy and will help boost national productivity.”
The Federal Government has committed $172,500 to the project, with the NSW Government providing the balance.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the project demonstrates intergovernmental cooperation to address the ‘last mile’ access issue, and complements the aims of the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy.
“In addition to the Federal Government, this project also involves a partnership with Bankstown Council and I look forward to working with them to get it done,” said Mr Gay.
“We expect work to begin in coming months and be completed before the end of the year.”