Toll Green light for $12m Port of Burnie redevelopment

Work to redevelop crucial rail and freight transport facilities at the Port of Burnie is set to commence within weeks.

Representatives from the Project Oversight Committee comprising Toll Group, TasPorts and TasRail today announced the signing of commercial agreements that will see the start of the redevelopment project.

Toll Shipping and Toll Tasmania General Manager Tony Stewart said the redevelopment will greatly improve safety, efficiency and capacity at the port.

“The redevelopment will allow us to increase our capacity to carry freight in and out of Tasmania,” Mr Stewart said.

“A direct interface with the port and the railhead will help us take trucks off the roads and will increase our capabilities to move freight interstate and intrastate.”

TasPorts (as the project manager) is currently in the process of finalising the agreed construction schedule with the approved contractor, Fulton Hogan.  It is expected that the project will take around 10 months to complete and create local employment opportunities.

TasPorts Chief Executive Officer Paul Weedon welcomed the announcement, and said the project represented a positive step forward for Tasmania in relation to the better integration of freight transport services.

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