The Western Australia state government is taking a market-led proposal for an intermodal terminal at Bullsbrook to the next stage.
The intermodal terminal proposed by Harvis Capital would be built at Bullsbrook, north east of Perth, and could facilitate further development in the outer Perth suburb.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the WA government is considering the proposal and the proposal has progressed to stage 2 of the project assessment process. Harvis Capital will now submit a detailed business case for the project.
“An intermodal terminal at Bullsbrook has the potential to boost the efficiency and capacity of the rail freight system, reduce truck movements on metropolitan roads and to increase job creation and economic development in Perth’s north-eastern corridor,” said Saffioti.
“We will continue to work closely with industry to encourage and support more freight on rail, to make our freight supply chains as efficient and cost effective as possible.”
The WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is preparing a district structure plan for Bullsbrook to support the proposed intermodal terminal.
The area is earmarked for further industrial expansion, with an intermodal terminal supporting rail to connect the future businesses with the Fremantle Port and Kwinana Outer Harbour, as well as the northern regions of Western Australia.
The proposed intermodal terminal would be located alongside the narrow-gauge freight rail line passing through Bullsbrook and connecting north to Dongara.
Saffioti said that the intermodal terminal would be a catalyst for moving freight onto rail and ensuring future freight needs produced by the development are handled by rail.
“One of our key election commitments was to move more freight onto rail to help ease road congestion and improve safety,” said Saffioti.