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The St Marys Freight Hub will drive more freight on to rail, taking between 70,000 and 80,000 trucks off NSW’s regional and state road networks, including primary freight routes travelling from Port Botany to Western Sydney. At the peak of operations this will reduce the distance travelled by container trucks on Sydney’s road network by approximately 15,100 kilometres every day (5.5 million kilometres per year) making our roads safer for everyone.
The new freight hub will service major retail distribution centres and warehouses in the St Marys and Penrith area and across the Greater Western Sydney region, including major industrial estates in Eastern Creek, Marsden Park, Wetherill Park and Erskine Park.
With the Western Sydney region set to grow to 1.5 million by 2036, the St Marys terminal will be a critical freight hub for the future, delivering more local jobs and vital infrastructure to support the growing demand for freight services in New South Wales
Community benefitsThe terminal will be a great job generator for Western Sydney. The St Marys Freight Hub will create more than 150 full time ongoing jobs for Western Sydney, including 20 reach stacker and forklift operators, 100 truck drivers, 20 train drivers and 10 administration roles. More local job opportunities will support residents in Western Sydney to live and work in the area, reducing commuting times and improving congestion. The terminal will also support the local construction industry with 60 jobs set to be created during the building phase. Locals in Western Sydney will be strongly encouraged to apply for positions at the St Marys Freight Hub when construction is complete.
Freight benefitsConnected to the rail network via sidings, the facility will move more freight from Western Sydney to Port Botany for export via rail. An estimated 300,000 freight containers will be transported by rail between Port Botany and St Marys. Moving more freight on to rail will help improve road safety, ease traffic congestion and reduce emissions on Western Sydney motorways and roads. In particular, trucks that currently travel during peak hour to meet midday deadlines will be removed from commuter traffic.
This article first appeared on primary.engagementhub.com.au
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