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Greater intermodal access in Sydney

Freight operators will soon have greater access to the Chullora Intermodal with the Federal and NSW governments agreeing to fund the first stage of upgrades which will see local roads connecting to 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.

“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,” Albanese said.

“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.

“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 said.

“We expect work to begin in coming months and be completed before the end of the year.”

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