Australia's Freight Future

02/12/2019

Tactical Group has worked alongside Qube for nearly a decade in the planning and delivery of the Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP). This market changing and transformational piece of freight and logistics infrastructure has had many challenges, but as a team we have shared great success and built a knowledge pool that will continue to grow, drive, and support the improvements to the network that are required to underpin Australia’s Freight Future.

A recent interview by Rail Express with Maurice James (Qube Managing Director) discusses the benefits that projects such as MLP bring to the entire supply chain, supporting Australia’s economic growth, efficiency, competitiveness and long term sustainability. (https://www.railexpress.com.au/road-to-rail-becoming-reality-at-moorebank-logistics-park/).  

Tactical Group are fully supportive of both government and private sector commitment to Australia’s Freight Future and we look forward to opportunities to collaborate with industry and government, applying our knowledge pool to advance progress toward delivering on the objectives of the national rail freight task.

As Stage 1 of the IMEX Terminal (Import-Export) at MLP comes on line, we expect the freight industry to respond positively to the increased capacity by continuing the modal shift to rail to support a significant increase in rail freight demand.

At a State level, there is still much to be done to meet TfNSW’s Freight and Ports Plan target of 28% rail freight by 2021. However with MLP as the largest intermodal terminal with direct rail access to Port Botany via the South Sydney Freight Line and direct road access to the M5, M7 and the future M12 when completed in 2025, we are optimistic about our freight future as this and other critical supply chain nodes develop to support the employment lands in the Western Sydney Employment Area and the Aerotropolis.

At a national level, the need for interconnectedness across the whole freight network has never been more pressing to underpin our continued economic growth and productivity. On the east coast we see the Inland Rail being a key catalyst for this growth, spurring subsequent regional investment in intermodals and logistics precincts along its route. With Inland Rail linking the key nodes from Beveridge in the south to Acacia Ridge in the north, we see fantastic opportunities at regional hubs in the likes of Wagga Wagga, Narrabri, Toowoomba, Ebenezer/Willowbank, and of course Parkes.

If you would like to join the conversation about Australia’s Freight Future feel free to get in touch with us. 


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