BRIGHTON has welcomed TasRail’s relocation to its purpose-built home in the Brighton Transport Hub, which Council says represents a major milestone for the municipality.
With TasRail’s relocation in conjunction and the relocation and official opening of Toll Transport at the end of this month, the Brighton Transport Hub has truly arrived as the major gateway to Hobart and the rest of the State.
Mayor Tony Foster said TasRail and Toll’s relocation to the Transport Hub were a critical part of the future development of the Brighton municipality, and were integral to Brighton’s 2040 vision for the region.
“Brighton is an obvious place to build these facilities with excellent access to all regions throughout the State.
“The relocation of TasRail and Toll to the hub are very important developments for our region, and we welcome them,” Cr Foster said.
Tasrail’s relocation at the end of last month will see the company better positioned to grow freight volumes, in addition to providing for the de-commissioning of more than 20 level crossings dotted throughout suburban Hobart.
TasRail chief executive officer Damien White said that the move was a ‘win win’ for the Tasmanian economy as the company marked the departure of its final Hobart freight service.
“On the one hand this move positions the company to meet the changing demands of the Tasmanian freight market and allows for the expansion of intermodal freight volumes, while at the same time freeing up an important piece of public land for development under the guidance of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation,” Mr White said.
“TasRail will now work closely with the Macquarie Point Development Corporation as responsibility for the site is progressively transferred to the Corporation.
“Through the construction of the Hub, the commissioning of our new locomotives and rollingstock, along with significant track upgrades TasRail is now almost unrecognisable compared to when we were formed in 2009.
“No longer are we the railway made up of others hand-me-downs or other rail operators’ cast-offs, but an innovative short-haul railway and intermodal terminal manager that is comparable to other national freight rail operations.
“The significant investment the Tasmanian and Federal Governments have made in rail is now seeing new and existing customers making significant commitments to utilising us to move their freight,” Mr White said.
Cr Foster said Council had been working for almost 20 years to establish and see the growth of the Brighton Transport Hub.
“Through the relocation of TasRail and Toll, we are now seeing the Transport Hub making this area a focus of important industrial, transport and economic infrastructure, for the whole State.
“The Transport Hub is providing much-needed employment for our region and increased prosperity and growth with the associated facilities and services that are now accompanying its development. This will certainly consolidate Brighton as a regional centre and reaffirm our future planning to that end’” Cr Foster said.