Asciano has announced that its rail subsidiary, Pacific National, has completed the purchase of 327 hectares of freehold land in the Parkes Multi-Modal Transport Hub, NSW, for the development of an intermodal freight terminal.
The freehold land has Concept Plans already approved by the NSW Minister of Planning for the development of an intermodal freight terminal and container storage and warehousing.
The site has sufficient land to accommodate the rail terminal and co-location of a container storage centre as well as national logistics and distribution facilities. A staged development will allow Pacific National the flexibility to add capacity to its intermodal operations as it is needed in the future.
The proposed terminal will increase the company’s ability to double-stack trains from Parkes to Perth originating out of Sydney, and will add capacity to handle additional rail freight volumes that are expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years.
Asciano managing director and chief executive officer, Mark Rowsthorn, said; “Located west of Parkes, the land sits right at the junction of the east-west interstate rail corridor and proposed Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail corridor.
“The proposed terminal will provide direct mainline access to both corridors and will ensure Pacific National has prime position on the proposed Inland Rail route”, he said.
Image Courtesy of Parkes Shire Council