Unpopular project advances

PLANS to build a freight hub at Moorebank continue to progress with the federal governmentcalling on private companies to submit expressions of interest to develop the facility.

In a statement released on Friday, a federal government spokesman said the Moorebank site was selected for the hub due to its close proximity to industrial sites and major freight markets in western Sydney.

"We look forward to working with private sector partners to deliver a future-focused, infrastructure solution that will drive economic growth," he said.

A spokesman for the Moorebank Intermodal Corporation, a government-owned corporation set up to manage the project, said the government aimed to find a private partner who would help to fund the hub.

The terminal, which will have the capacity to store 1.2 million containers, is to be located on a federally owned 120-hectare site which was formally home to the School of Military Engineering.

A privately owned 80 hectare block across the road, known as the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance site, has also been flagged as a potential freight yard.

Chipping Norton's Narelle van den Bos said neighbouring residential suburbs will become inundated with trucks if the hubs are built.

"Truck drivers will use our streets as rat runs to avoid congestion and traffic lights on Nuwarra Road and that is completely unacceptable," Mrs van den Bos said.

"The area's roads just won't be able to cope with the thousands of extra trucks per day that this will bring to the area."

Hughes MP Craig Kelly said he doubted the economic assumptions for the terminal would hold up under scrutiny.

"Inadequate consideration has been given to the necessary infrastructure upgrades in the surrounding region, particularly local roads, which are unable to cater for millions of additional truck movements," Mr Kelly said.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said the council remained opposed to the construction of the Moorebank terminal.

"I have a meeting scheduled with (Infrastructure Minister) Warren Truss on Thursday and I'm going to be talking to him very strongly to tell him that this isn't the right site for this project," he said.

"We would support it being constructed on or near the airport site at Badgerys Creek, particularly if the airport goes ahead; that's a much better fit."

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