The Project

Background

The people of NSW rely on imported containers, delivered to ports, to supply the items they use every day, such as electronic goods, furniture, white goods, and food.

Port Botany is NSW’s only container port. Most of Port Botany’s trade caters for Sydney’s consumers and businesses, with 80 per cent of import containers delivered within a 40 kilometre radius of Port Botany.

The NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan shows that the volume of freight moved onto the NSW transport network is expected to almost treble in the coming decades. Network capacity and performance must develop ahead of this demand. The existing intermodal terminals which service Port Botany do not have sufficient capacity to meet the forecast freight task.

Moving more freight by rail, rather than by road, is a key part of both the Commonwealth and NSW transport strategies. The Moorebank intermodal freight precinct will enable containers moving between Port Botany and south-west Sydney to undertake much of their journey by rail, enabling increased capacity and efficiency for Port Botany.

The Terminal will process and unpack containers arriving at Port Botany and either warehouse on-site or distribute directly to businesses. Container freight destined for other States will be transferred onto trains at the adjacent interstate rail terminal without leaving the Moorebank precinct.

Location

The Moorebank site has been identified by the state and commonwealth governments as the most suitable location for an intermodal terminal that will handle both interstate and import-export freight. It is long enough to handle interstate freight trains, big enough to handle the number of containers expected (up to 1.55 million TEU a year), next to transport links and industrial areas, close to growing freight markets in south-west Sydney and existing major freight markets in western Sydney, and sufficiently far from Port Botany to make rail a viable alternative for moving containers to and from the port.

More information on the location of the project is available on the Location page.

Benefits

The Moorebank Intermodal Terminal is a much-needed piece of infrastructure that will help service the community’s growing demand for freight in south-west Sydney. It will:

  • Create 7,700 jobs across both the construction and operational phases.
  • Reduce the number of trucks on Sydney’s roads related to Port Botany by more than 2,700 vehicles per day.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year – equivalent to taking more than 10,000 cars off Sydney roads.
  • Create around $9 billion in economic benefits over 30 years, including $120 million a year for the economy of south-western Sydney, through the improvements to productivity as well as reduced business costs, reduced road congestion and better environmental outcomes.