Calls for flight caps to be lifted at Sydney Airport

A tourism industry body has said that while a decision on a second airport for Sydney is long overdue, restrictions on operations at Sydney Airport need to be lifted.

The Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) says the current cap of 80 plane movements per hour at Kingsford Smith Airport should be upped to meet demand for air travel.

TTF chief executive Ken Morrison said the cap, which was introduced 20 years ago, is no longer required.

"The number of people flying to and from Sydney is forecast to double over the next 20 years," he said in a statement.

"The current restrictions make it harder than it needs to be for Sydney Airport to manage that demand."

Morrison said while he was in favour of the development of a second airport at Badgerys Creek, he stated that construction is set to be years away and called on the federal government to modernise Sydney Airport in the interim.

“Freeing up capacity at Sydney Airport will help New South Wales and Australia reach the Tourism 2020 goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by the end of the decade,” he said.

“The number of people flying to and from Sydney is forecast to double over the next twenty years and the current restrictions make it harder than it needs to be for Sydney Airport to manage that demand.”

Petrol tanker bursts into flames, two people dead

Two people have been killed when a petrol tanker this afternoon rolled over, bursting into flames and shutting Mona Vale Road on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Around five fire trucks are currently on the scene trying to control the blaze which has spread to bushland on either side of the crash site, threatening the local Pittwater RSL Club and homes near the intersection of Samuel Street.

Seargent LeSurf from Northern Beaches Area Command told Logistics and Materials Handling there has been a “significant collision” which has involved a number of vehicles.

Sources on the ground say a number of cars behind the tanker have also been burnt.

Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after the incident.

There is estimated to be a couple of hundred people watching on, police are keeping onlookers back.

Local resident Elena Raso told Logistics and Materials Handling about five explosions were heard.

“The truck blew up,” Raso said.

“There’s fire all around it and it’s blowing towards Pittwater RSL.

“A couple of cars around it that have affected by the fire.”

Raso said the smoke has been “non-stop”.

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UPDATE 5pm EST

Fire and Rescue New South Wales report the truck fire has now been extinguished and a HAZMAT operation is underway.

More to come.

Community asked to get on board Sydney’s light rail plan

The NSW government is seeking community feedback on plans to build a light rail line from Sydney’s CBD to the city’s east.

The 12-kilometre rail line would start at Circular Quay and run through the CBD and past Moore Park to connect Randwick and Kingsford to the city.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said she wants community feedback on parts of the design that have not been finalised.

Berejiklian was subject to criticism earlier this year by Surry Hills locals who say the consultation process has been lacking. Many are angry over plans to acquire houses on Devonshire Street in order to build the train line, ABC reported.

Berejiklian said the government is seeking community input on where stops will be located and the hours of work during the construction period.

Engineers are also assessing whether to build a tunnel under Moore Park or construct a viaduct over it.

"I've said since day one that there will be disruption while we construct this project but the positive benefit light rail will provide this city for decades to come will be immeasurable," Berejiklian said in a statement.

"The feedback received will be carefully considered as part of the Environmental Impact Statement that will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure later this year."

Five community information sessions about the project will be held over the next week.

If the project is approved, the government plan to begin construction of the light rail line in 2014, with a completion date slated for 2020.

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PTV Group joins the Future Logistics Living Lab Australia

PTV Group has become a new member of the Future Logistics Living Lab Australia at NICTA. 

An innovation platform for the Australian logistics industry, the Living Lab is an interactive demonstration space for cutting-edge technologies and a living community of industry, research and government experts working together to find innovative solutions to operational challenges facing the Australian logistics industry. The Future Logistics Living Lab also provides a productive platform to develop, test and demonstrate new technologies. 

Joost Bekker, Business Development Director at PTV Asia Pacific explains that PTV Group can bring tangible experience and innovative technology to support the lab in developing new solutions.

The Lab’s primary objective is to develop innovative solutions for the Australian logistics industry, bringing more efficiency, safety and environmental benefits to logistics transport chains. Special emphasis is placed on aspects such as rising fuel costs, high levels of congestion, reduction of emissions and improvement of traffic safety.

PTV Group offers solutions for the traffic, mobility and logistics industries. The PTV Concepts & Solutions division unites experts from the transport and logistics industry, transportation planning, development planning, economics, information technology and project management. 

According to Leader of the Lab Neil Temperley, the Lab supports different industries in becoming more efficient and productive, and in sustainably reducing the costs with reference to the emission of exhaust gases. He adds that a strong community of active participants is the key to the lab addressing these challenges, testing new ideas and implementing change. The size of the laboratory enables low-cost development of really new ideas and prototypes in a low-risk environment.

The Future Logistics Living Lab in Sydney, Australia was established by NICTA in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering and SAP AG. Set up at NICTA’s premises in the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, the Living Lab features an exhibition, event and workspace, with futuristic demonstrations showcasing technologies created and tested by participants of the Lab. The Lab is also a member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

GraysOnline uses new warehousing solutions at its NSW warehouses

Australian online auction house GraysOnline has utilised Toyota Materials Handling to equip its main NSW warehouse.

The 30 000 square meter warehouse at Homebush handles around 85 per cent of the company's products, with approximately 35 000 individual stock movements a week.

Rick Jacobs, GraysOnline's Homebush warehouse manager explained that due to its high volumes in the warehouse, the company needed material handling equipment compatible to that used at Australia Post.

"It is vital that our warehouse equipment can operate with Australia Post's uniform loading devices," he said.

"The high-reach forklifts had to be specified with low multi-stage masts, so they could work under our mezzanine racking and also reach the top pick heights in the seven-metre high racking."

Due to the heavy level of stock movements, coupled with the need to carry these out at speed, the auction company has implemented 35 Toyota battery electric machines.

According to Toyota the site's equipment includes Toyota 1.8-tonne payload 8FBN18 counter-balance forklifts, Toyota three-tonne payload 7FB30 forklifts, BT RRE reach forklifts, and BT low-level order pickers and BT Levio pallet trucks, with the last ones commissioned in March earlier this year.

Jacobs said it turned to Toyota after considering three factors – its safety capability, service maintenance, and whether the company's product range met GraysOnline's warehouse needs.

He stated that the after sale service levels has been high.

"The number of forklifts on site means TMHA's Sydney service technicians are here once a month for regular maintenance," Jacobs said.

 

Largest parcel facility in Australia puts Toll in growth position

Toll Group is positioning itself for growth in the express parcels market by building a $170 million freight facility in Sydney.

Toll say the facility in the city’s west is the largest of its kind in Australia and will be used by express road freight business Toll IPEC to grow the capabilities of its new online parcel delivery service.

“This custom-designed facility, with its highly specialised sortation system will increase Toll’s parcel sorting capacity in Sydney more than three-fold to an unprecedented 35,000 parcels per hour,” Toll Group managing director Brian Kruger said.

“Given the expected long-term growth in both our traditional B2B and the online retail parcel markets, it is important we continue to enhance our capabilities. Investments like this will help Toll continue to improve its already-extensive national distribution network, making it second to none.”

Kruger thanked the New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure and site developer Goodman Group for their hard work in the planning and construction of such a landmark project.

“Finding land of this size adjacent to major transport routes is increasingly difficult in major cities like Sydney. Our extensive 12-month modelling process that looked at infrastructure and demographic data and projections decided Goodman’s Bungarribee Industrial Estate, with its immediate access to the M7 and M4 motorways and the Great Western Highway was an ideal location to service Sydney and its expanding western suburbs,” he said.

“The custom-built facility provides all sorts of benefits in terms of improving traffic flow and congestion, fleet productivity, staff safety, parcel sorting speed and accuracy, and energy and cost efficiencies.

“Once built, the new facility will enable Toll IPEC to move operations from its current sites in Moorebank, Homebush and Bankstown to a single, purpose-built facility, cementing Toll’s presence in Sydney and allowing for decades of growth in the express parcel delivery market.

“This $170 million development adds to Toll’s recent industry-leading investments over the past few years that includes a $54 million express road freight terminal in Perth, a $39 million facility in Brisbane and a $10 million terminal in Canberra.”

Kruger said Toll was investigating similar opportunities in South Australia, and will also look to grow its capacity in Victoria over the coming years.

DHL’s new multi-million dollar Sydney facility now open

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean specialist within Deutsche Post today open the doors of its new $61.6 million facility in Sydney.

DHL combined Sydney offices in a 19,619 square metre custom-built facility in Matraville.

Chief of DHL global forwarding for the South Pacific, Tony Bell, said the new facility would increase productivity for the company.

“The new premises provide for business growth and improved process capabilities which will enhance our productivity in the processing of our air and ocean freight cargo,” Bell said.

“Combining our Sydney operational sites into one purpose-built facility ensures we are bale to meet the future demand of our customers.”

DHL said the new facility is the largest in South Sydney and is made up of around 5000 square metres of office and 15,000 square metres of warehouse space.

Located close to Sydney Airport and Botany Bay means the facility will help to improve customer service levels and support corporate growth the company said.

NSW Budget delivers major investment in rail

The Australasian Railway Association has welcomed the NSW State Government’s commitment to rail in the latest budget, stating it signals the most comprehensive investment in rail by any state.

The 2013-14 Budget includes investment in key rail upgrades across New South Wales.

 $4.1 billion has been earmarked for the North West Rail over four years, while $353 million will be spent on the continuation of works for the South West Rail Link.

The country regional network will benefit from $177 million, of which $48 million was allocated for work on grain lines.

While continued commitment to light rail was shown with a further $67 million allocated to complete the Inner West Light Rail extension, and $423 million will be invested over the next four years for the new CBD and South East light rail linking the CBD to Randwick and Kingsford.

ARA CEO Brya Nye said the rail industry has long called for a greater investment in passenger and freight rail in NSW.

“Today’s funding commitments for key rail projects will not only ease Sydney’s congestion, but will trigger the much needed shift of moving people and freight off the overcrowded and bottlenecked roads on to the more efficient and environmentally sustainable tracks,” he said.

New double decker buses for Sydney

Five new double decker buses  started peak hour services between Sydney’s north  west and the city this week.

The double decker buses operated by Hillsbus will take thousands of Sydney customers between Castle Hill and the city via the M2 each day.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the busses would help ease congestion.

“Five new Double Decker buses will begin rolling out on the M61 service transporting customers from Castle Hill into the city via the M2,” she said.

Each double decker bus has 110 passengers, twice the number of passengers that normal buses can carry, and take up less road and depot space than bendy buses.

“We expect these buses to be very effective and deliver good customer outcomes on longer routes with fewer stops which carry high passenger loads,” Berejiklian said.

Berejiklian said the Government’s double decker buses are proving popular with bus customers.

Busways started operating a double decker along the North-West T-Way at the end of August 2012.

The new generation Australian designed and built buses being trialled have the latest automotive engineering technology, low emission features and wheelchair access.

Bagtrans moves operations to new Eastern Creek depot

BagTrans has moved into a new purpose built warehouse facility in Sydney’s south-west, a move the company says will allow them to capitalise on operational synergies.

BagTrans decided to create the new depot around a year ago after analysing its current and future company and client needs.

Chief of the company, Habib Francis said the new depot was the result of careful planning and would allow the business to grow.

“Consolidating four sites into one operation took plenty of planning and forward thinking to take the future needs of our clients,” Francis said.

“We started looking about three years ago for the depot that offered us the right-sized warehouse with extra hardstand, but found this style of facility did not exist”.

Atlis constricted the 5,000 sqm cross-dock industrial facility, including 1ha hardstand area and 3,500 sqm all-weather awnings, as well as a fully automatic truck wash on approximately 2.7 ha of land.

The site is in close proximity to other purpose-built warehouses including Metcash, Linfox, Bantex Australia and Toll Logistics and within close proximity to the M4 and M7 Motorways.

Francis said Eastern Creek continued to be an attractive location for companies.

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