The Port of Townsville says `Pit to Port' solutions will become a reality with $30 million from the state Government towards a new $48 million common-user rail freight terminal at the port.
The terminal, expected to be commissioned by early 2022 is is designed to achieve modal shift from road to rail, offering flexibility for customers of the North West Minerals Province to get products to market.
Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby welcomed the State Government's commitment saying it would make the Port and supply chain more efficient, competitive and productive.
"It eliminates double-handling, giving customers time, cost and efficiency benefits for moving freight and avoiding high up-front infrastructure costs,'' Ms Crosby said.
It eliminates double-handling, giving customers time, cost and efficiency benefitsRanee Crosby
"The terminal will be open-access, meaning multiple transport and logistics companies will be able to offer supply-chain services utilising the new facility."
She said the Mount Isa rail line transports almost four million tonnes of freight annually, and the terminal would benefit existing mining ventures and be an enabler for new mines and other industries including general cargo such as cement and mining/agricultural products.