Funding to overcome 'last mile' constraint


Governments to upgrade local roads connecting to the Chullora intermodal terminal to improve access for heavy vehicles

March 20, 2013

Roads connecting the Chullora intermodal terminal to the Hume Highway in New South Wales will be upgraded to improve access for freight operators.

The Federal Government and NSW will split the $345,000 bill to upgrade Muir Road between Rockwood Road and Dasea Street, and Dasea Street to the entrance of the terminal.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the money will be spent on resurfacing the two roads and strengthening their foundations to support heavier vehicles.

Work is expected to begin in the coming months and to be completed before the end of the year.

"The relatively small investment being made here will deliver major long term benefits. In fact Infrastructure 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," Albanese says.

"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."

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says the project demonstrates intergovernmental cooperation to address a ‘last mile’ access issue.

"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," Gay says.

The Federal Government has committed $172,500 to the project, with the NSW Government providing the balance.


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