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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • August-September, 2018 • Page 3 How can you resist 73432.56 Virgin Atlantic Cargo ACAP Irresistable Print Ad 210x297mm.indd 1 05/06/2018 09:22 Sydney Gateway has its benefits, but it misses opportunities to help freight industry cope with its growth - AFIF AUSTRALIA’s New South Wales government has released plans for Sydney Gateway, a new toll- free motorway connection between the new M5 interchange at St Peters and the airport that will cut travel times from Parramatta to Sydney Airport by up to 40 minutes and from Campbelltown to Sydney Airport by up to 20 minutes. The Sydney Gate- way will also include: • Relocation and reconfiguration of Airport Drive, con- necting to the Inter- national Terminal. • Major upgrades to Qantas Drive and Joyce Drive around the Domestic Terminal, including a redesigned intersection into the Terminal. • Duplication of the Port Botany freight rail line, to increase freight rail capacity to Australia’s largest container port. The new toll free M12 motor- way will service Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. Sydney Gateway will be subject to comprehensive environmental assessment to secure planning approvals, with the community invited to provide feedback at key stages. The NSW government says it will work closely with Sydney Airport Corporation, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and other key stakeholders to progress Sydney Gateway and minimise impacts on the community during delivery. Subject to planning approvals, the road components of Syd- ney Gateway are expected to be complete in 2023, with an estimat- ed cost between A$2.2 and A$2.6 billion. However, the Sydney Gateway project is welcome but does not go far enough to reduce heavy container freight truck volumes, according to the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF). Brian Lovell, chief execu- tive of AFIF says more needs to be done to alleviate worsening traffic bottle- necks that could impact Austral- ia’s key import / export trading sector. “AFIF sup- ports infra- structure development to improve traffic flows and reduce conges- tion around the airport and port freight pre- cincts. However, this project does little to serve the best interests of the road and air freight indus- try,” said Lovell. “The Port Botany Rail Duplica- tion is long overdue and will assist with the flow of containers by rail to and from Port Botany. But: “The Sydney Gateway road extension stops at the domestic passenger terminal and does not connect to Port Botany, so the truck congestion around the local roads in the Mascot and Botany port precinct will continue to grow - especially during the con- struction phase until 2023. “Widening Joyce Drive to three lanes each way and replacing the rail level-crossing at General Holmes Drive with a new railway underpass at Wentworth Avenue will assist road traffic flow to the airport, however Foreshore Drive and Botany Road will continue to carry heavy container truck vol- umes into the future. “Sydney Airport Corp’s granting of an easement to the NSW Gov- Brian Lovell ernment on the Northern Lands area for A$170 million, to enable Sydney Gateway to be built there, effectively removes another loca- tion for the CTOs to develop their on-airport operations. “It appears the priorities of the road and air freight industry are bypassed in the planning process, again,” Lovell concluded.