Rail tracks.

The City of Whittlesea has welcomed news that land has been purchased for the Inland Rail intermodal terminal in Beveridge, and that designs are progressing. 

Whittlesea Council Chair Administrator, Lydia Wilson, said that National Intermodal had announced the purchase of 1,100ha of land. 

“We are pleased to see work continuing towards delivery of this important project,” Ms Wilson said. 

“The intermodal freight terminal is expected to deliver an enormous boost to local employment with some 20,000 jobs required for both construction and ongoing operations, and it will contribute $3.5 billion to the economy each year.” 

In a statement released on 22 June 2023, the government-owned National Intermodal Corporation said it had completed the transaction to acquire the site in Beveridge. 

It also said it was progressing concept design and seeking planning approvals, with plans to have a preliminary terminal available to receive trains by 2025 with full operation by 2028-29. 

The project has been one of the City of Whittlesea’s priority advocacy projects due to its ability to generate jobs, contribute to the local economy and reduce local road congestion. 

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