More Trucks On The Road After Stevedore Dumps Government
August 12, 2015
Sydney’s roads will remain clogged with more trucks following the decision by a stevedoring company to walk away from the intermodal transport and freight hub at Enfield.
In a major blow to the Baird Government’s plans to move freight onto the rail networks, Hutchison Logistics Australia has relinquished its lease on the Enfield Intermodal Terminal.
The Enfield Intermodal Terminal is a 60 hectare site 18 kilometres from Port Botany. Intermodal transport involves transporting freight from the Port by train and transferring it at that location to trucks.
The project was designed to take at least 300 trucks off Sydney’s roads each day.
But that is now in question in light of Hutchison’s announcement to quit the project, despite the Government saying the terminal was now ready to commence.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Jodi McKay
“This is a major blow for the Baird Government’s plans to get more freight off the road and onto rail.”
“Sydneysiders can expect to see more heavy trucks on their roads as a direct result of this news.”
“We have heard nothing from the Government since the announcement was made last month – its plans to move freight off the road and onto the rail network is in tatters.”