Australia’s largest rail freight operator Pacific National congratulated Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for moving ahead with construction to connect

Pacific National CEO Dean Dalla Valle said it was pleasing to see ARTC working closely with rail freight operators to help generate more momentum behind the $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.

Pacific National has committed an initial $35 million to commence development of the company's Parkes Logistics Terminal.  

“Once fully operational, Pacific National’s Parkes Logistics Terminal will consolidate more than 450,000 cargo containers each year in the heart of regional NSW; many to be hauled on the Inland Rail between the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane.

“In the future, Parkes will be akin to the major freight and logistics hub of Memphis in the interior of the United States,” said Mr Dalla Valle.

Pacific National owns 365-hectares at Parkes, with the logistics terminal (currently under major construction) located within the Parkes Shire Council’s National Logistics Hub.

Mr Dalla Valle said 1,800-metre freight trains double-stacked with cargo containers are expected to be hauling from the Parkes Logistics Terminal to Perth later this year.

“Connecting Inland Rail to the Transcontinental Railway via Pacific National’s Parkes Logistics Terminal is imperative to help shift freight volumes from road to rail."

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