Saturday 23rd Oct, 2021

Perth intermodal container terminal progresses to next stage

Freight transport improvements at Port Botany are one step closer, with major firms shortlisted to design and build the Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop projects.

The Western Australian Government is considering a market-led proposal for the development of a new Bullsbrook Intermodal Container Terminal.

Harvis Capital’s proposal for an intermodal terminal at Bullsbrook could unlock future development in Perth’s north-eastern corridor, facilitating economic activity and attracting job opportunities to the area.

Moving metropolitan freight from road to rail helps reduce road congestion and improve efficiency, safety and productivity of the freight network, ensuring Western Australia is competitive in domestic and international markets.

An intermodal terminal would bring containerised freight from Fremantle Port to unload in the Bullsbrook industrial area, where it would be transferred from rail to the regional road network.

Stage 2 of the project assessment process will further investigate the feasibility of the proposal, with the proponent to now submit a detailed business case on the project.

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Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said one of the State Government’s key election commitments was to move more freight onto rail to help ease road congestion and improve safety.

“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,” she said.

“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.”