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Freight council works to fast track Sydney intermodal network

<p>The Sea Freight Council of NSW is working to fast track the development of an intermodal terminal in Sydney’s west &#8211 on defence land at Moorebank or at Eastern Creek.</p> <p>The sea freight council has commissioned a study looking at possible business models to facilitate open access, common user intermodal terminals to expedite the process.</p> <p>The NSW Department of Planning’s Freight Infrastructure Advisory Board suggested the two sites as suitable for intermodal terminal development. </p> <p>One of the two sites needs to be fast-tracked to handle burgeoning volumes, the sea freight council claims.</p> <p>The council says an open access, private, well-managed intermodal terminal is likely to attract more international supply chain business which will, in turn, help to ensure that Sydney and NSW successfully handle 2.8m teu by 2020.</p> <p>The study, which will involve consulting importers and exporters in the region, will consider strategies to ensure new intermodal developments are commercially sustainable.</p> <p>Consideration will be given to accommodate airfreight, a possible rail link to the airport and the possibility for a B-triple truck assembly area. </p> <p>The council will hold the first public consultation session early in December. </p> <br />