In recent months, it would seem every week has seen a new freight facility opened or announced, often by Toll. This week is no exception with the commencement of operations from the new $24 million freight terminal Toll Group has built in Hobart’s north. Toll’s announcement reckons the 17,000 square metre facility on 6.8 hectares in the Brighton Transport Hub is the most modern and efficient transport terminal in the state. The site was officially opened by the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman, alongside Toll Group Managing Director Brian Kruger.
“Toll Group’s investment in the Brighton Transport Hub is a significant and welcomed investment in Tasmanian infrastructure,” said Hodgman.
Kruger said the facility demonstrated how Toll has been a supporter of the development of the Brighton precinct for many years. Toll see the project as a long-term investment in Tasmania’s freight future, with flow-on economic benefits for Hobart and beyond through improved domestic and international freight services.
“This $24 million investment underpins other key investments we’re making in the state, that includes the purchase of next-generation replacement vessels for our Bass Strait shipping service earmarked for 2018, as well as the redevelopment of the wharf and rail terminals in Burnie and Launceston,” said Kruger. “Relocating to the new hub in Brighton will result in 42 fewer B-Doubles and 100 fewer semi-trailer movements from the city of Hobart each day. It also allows us to increase the amount of freight we can carry via rail. More freight on trains will mean fewer trucks on Tasmanian roads.”
Toll said the new facility handles general and refrigerated freight, offers warehousing and distribution services, and provides container storage for both domestic and international shipping requirements.