The proposed terminal is an inland freight facility that will service major retail distribution centres and warehouses across the Greater Western Sydney region, including major industrial estates in Eastern Creek, Marsden Park, Wetherill Park and Erskine Park.
Connected to the rail network via sidings, the facility will move more freight from Western Sydney to Port Botany for export via rail.
The facility will be capable of transferring 300,000 containers via freight trains annually and will remove between 70,000 and 80,000 trucks from regional and state road networks, including primary freight routes travelling from Port Botany to Western Sydney. This will reduce the distance travelled by container trucks on Sydney’s road network by 29,212 kilometres every day (10 million kilometres per year).
The terminal will be built on the north western side of the St Marys Train Station beside the Dunheved Business Park on a site located between Lee Holm Road, Forrester Road and Christie Street and the railway line in a zoned industrial area.
The scope of the work essentially will involve upgrades to the existing rail infrastructure, construction of hardstand pavement areas, internal access roads and associated external road connections, administrative and operational buildings and facilities, vehicle parking and ancillary works.
This includes the following works:
Subject to planning approval, construction is expected to commence in early 2019. The plan is for the terminal to begin operations by January 2020.
St Marys Freight Hub will service Western Sydney region, delivering goods more efficiently and creating and supporting local jobs. With the Western Sydney region set to grow to 1.5 million by 2036, St Marys Freight Hub will be a critical freight hub for the future delivering vital infrastructure to support the growing demand for freight services that will have long term benefits for the community.
The terminal will remove 70,000 to 80,000 trucks from major roads such as the M1 and M5, in particular removing trucks that travel on the M5 during peak hour. This will reduce the distance travelled by container trucks on Sydney’s road network by 29,212 kilometres every day (10 million kilometres per year).
The terminal will also encourage more freight to be transported via rail to St Marys, rather than via road. This important rail link will be a boost for the local economy, driving more efficiencies and supporting businesses and consumers.
While passenger and freight trains share track infrastructure, passenger train services take precedence above freight rail in terms of scheduling and train path allocation.
This project will deliver over 150 local jobs when operational and create a further 60 construction jobs during the building stage.
The terminal will be a great job generator for Western Sydney and will support generations of locals gain critical skills in the freight and logistics industry. As the project progresses we will be accepting expressions of interest for jobs.