A new $14.6 million freight rail maintenance depot in Victoria is set to give railway engineering in the state a boost.
The Victorian coalition government revealed the rail freight wagon terminal and sidings will be a central part of the state’s push towards strengthening the logistics sector and improving activity in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
The project involved relocating rail operations from the capital city’s yards to the McIntyre sidings in North Sunshine.
Minister for public transport and roads Terry Mulder welcomed the move, adding that the state-of-the-art terminal has been completed through effective collaboration between government agencies and the private sector.
“The works carried out to relocate the rail freight maintenance depot … has meant a boost to economic activity, while the ongoing operations of the tenant secures jobs in Melbourne’s west,” he stated.
Member for the western metropolitan region Bernie Finn toured the site on Friday (November 8th), citing the industrial area’s benefits.
“Located on the main standard gauge line to Seymour and within the North Sunshine industrial precinct, the location is an ideal site for rail maintenance operations,” he explained.
“The freight and logistics sector is a critical foundation for the state’s economy, accounting for 15 per cent of the state’s economic wealth.”
Mr Finn noted that the benefits for the region have been excellent, with economic activity strong during the project and a range of employment opportunities available now the terminal has been finished.
The site has been developed for G&V Equipment Maintenance Services, with director Graham McGregor saying he is excited about growing maintenance operations.
This terminal will provide the company with a “great platform” to help the freight rail industry improve across Victoria, he added.
G&V is aiming to invest in a new workshop at the site, as well as expanding its customer base to create more jobs and railway engineering training opportunities.