Moorebank Intermodal Terminal

This project will transform the way freight moves through Botany Bay in Sydney’s south west and become a world reference for intermodal excellence.


  • New South Wales, Australia


  • Australian Federal Government – Department of Finance

Project Status

  • Completed in 2013

An Integrated Maritime and Freight Transport Solution

The Australian federal government undertook a three-year land transfer program that included a planning and feasibility study for the development of a port related intermodal terminal on commonwealth land at Moorebank in south-western Sydney. The proposed facility will be the first and largest of its kind to be built in Australia. The terminal is a first step to providing an integrated transport solution to meet the significant growth in the movement of freight to, from and within the Sydney basin, and will provide significant congestion relief, freight capacity and environmental benefits to the urban community, region and its surroundings.


The Moorebank Project Office (MPO) needed a flexible project team that was capable of maintaining an open channel with government decision makers without compromising study progress. WSP teamed up with financial adviser KPMG and other consultants to plan and design a viable concept for the Moorebank IMT project, covering the following components:

  • Rail and roadway access
  • Port Botany shuttle train container handling tracks
  • Interstate intermodal terminal container handling tracks
  • Train arrival and departure tracks
  • Storage tracks
  • Storage areas
  • Site utilities
  • Ancillary facilities
  • Warehouse and distribution facilities


Future-Focused Approach

Our team developed the technical options for intermodal operations and terminal infrastructure layouts, such as rail track, road, and terminal handling equipment. We evaluated and selected the most viable option via operational benefits, cost-effectiveness, using proven ‘best practice’ planning principles from mature global intermodal freight markets. 
We also provided: 

  • Traffic modelling and road access design
  • Economic, environmental and social impact analysis
  • Throughput capacity and operating cost modelling
  • Capital expenditure estimating for infrastructure and equipment
  • Conceptual intermodal Terminal Master Plan
  • Construction programming and integration with relocation of existing defence units
  • Risk management planning
  • Business strategy planning
  • Financial feasibility modelling
  • Reference design and functional reference design brief.



The Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance will build and operate the intermodal freight precinct at Moorebank. When completed, the facility will move 1.5 million shipping containers annually by rail instead of road, taking 2,700 heavy truck movements off Sydney’s roads each day and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 110,000 tonnes every year.