Australia’s largest mover of freight, Toll Group, today started construction on a $24 million intermodal freight terminal in the new Brighton Transport Hub in Hobart.
Tasmania Premier Lara Giddings and Brighton Mayor Tony Foster joined Toll Tasmania General Manager Tony Stewart to turn the first sod on the construction of the Toll facility, the first to be built at the new hub.
Speaking at today’s event, Mr Stewart said Tasmania’s largest provider of transport and logistics was pleased to be starting construction of our new $24 million transport facility in Brighton.
“Toll’s investment in this facility underpins our commitment to Tasmania, in particular to Hobart and the southern regional businesses,” Mr Stewart said. “By mid-next year we will have the most modern and efficient transport terminal in the state.
“Once built, the new facility will enable us to move operations from our three current Hobart sites into the one purpose-built site, and it will reduce the amount of traffic going in and out of central Hobart.”
The 16,000 square metre transport facility on a 6.8 hectare site will handle general and refrigerated freight, offer warehousing and distribution services, and provide container storage for both domestic and international shipping requirements.
Mr Stewart said Toll’s long-term lease involves a freight haulage agreement that will allow Toll to increase its use of rail.
“The new facility will allow us to increase the amount of freight we can carry via rail. More freight on trains will mean fewer trucks on Tasmanian roads.”
Mr Stewart thanked Brighton Council’s planning and infrastructure departments, TasRail, Southern Water, the Department of Industry Resources and Environment, and JMG Engineers for their hard work in the planning and construction of this important development, and said he looked forward to working with a local construction contractor VOS Construction & Joinery during the build.
Construction is expected to be completed mid-2014.
Toll is one of Tasmania’s largest employers, and is also the largest shipper of goods across Bass Strait.