The first sod has been turned on the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RIFL) hub and construction is now underway.
The future intermodal terminal will be connected to the Inland Rail route and provide rail freight access for businesses at the adjacent Bomen Business Park and the wider region.
The RIFL will be one of the only inland terminals to be able to service a 1,800m-long train configuration.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro got construction started with the official sod turn on January 19.
“This precinct will make Wagga Wagga a major player in domestic and international freight export, making the town even more attractive to local and international businesses,” Barilaro said.
“This intermodal facility will be a world-class business hub servicing the region’s advanced manufacturing, recycling and renewables industries and help local businesses reap the benefits of the Inland Rail and Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct.”
The NSW government is investing $43.7 million in the precinct with contributions from Wagga Wagga City Council and commercial partner Visy Logistics. Funds will go towards enabling infrastructure and a 4.9km master rail siding and container transfer terminal.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the RIFL would improve business and safety outcomes.
“When completed, this hub will give regional businesses ready and cost-effective access to markets across Australia and around the world, and there’s never been a more important time as we recover from drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Toole said.
“It’s also going to reduce the number of trucks moving through the Wagga Wagga central business district, giving local roads back to the local community.”
Earlier works are underway and the construction of utility connections will soon begin, followed by laying of rail tracks and turnouts. Contracts for the construction of the terminal were awarded last August
Wagga Wagga City Council Mayor Greg Conkey said the facility would spark further development.
“The RIFL hub terminal will be the core for future growth and expansion in the Bomen Special Activation Precinct, generating up to 6,000 jobs in this region, and has the potential to drive the economic future of the city for decades.”