Riverina intermodal freight hub opens for business

The new Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RIFL) Hub in Wagga Wagga is officially open.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the RIFL is positioned to become a dynamic operations centre for freight operators, strengthening the state’s supply chain network and increasing freight efficiency.

“The 4.9 kilometre rail siding will be a game changer for the rail freight industry, allowing for longer trains with the capacity to securely load and unload without holding up other services,” Farraway said.

“These trains can carry loads the equivalent of 134 semi-trailer trucks, reducing the number of rigs on Riverina roads and allowing freight to move efficiently across the state.”

The $14.4 million siding is also connected to the ARTC loop line, providing rail freight operators the flexibility to send trains from the region north to Sydney or south to Melbourne.

“We know the Riverina and Murray accounts for 12 per cent of the state’s agricultural output and are important contributors to our economy. That’s why we are improving freight linkages to secure a brighter future for our state,” added Farraway.

Wagga Wagga City Council Mayor Clr Dallas Tout said the successful delivery of the large-scale project was testament to the hard work of all the teams involved.

“Around 130 jobs were supported during construction of the RIFL Hub, which required more than 100,000 cubic metres of dirt to be moved to build the siding and over one million pavers to surface the terminal,” Clr Tout said.”

“The benefits of the RIFL Hub flow to the Wagga Wagga LGA, the region as a whole and in fact Southern NSW. It will prove a catalyst for freight movements by all parties to be rethought in relation to form of delivery and structure. A once in a generation opportunity.”

Visy Logistics will carry out operations at the RIFL Hub as an open access terminal and provide logistics solutions and services to businesses across the Riverina.

Lee Schmelich from Visy Logistics said Visy was proud to partner with the state government and Wagga Wagga City Council on this transformational project.

“The RiFL will turbocharge local agriculture and industry by making it easier to get local products from the Riverina to customers across the country and the world,” he said.

The new RIFL Hub will connect in with the $29.2 million 60-hectare Bomen Industrial Precinct, supported by the NSW Government’s Growing Regional Economies Program and Wagga Wagga City Council.

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