The Tamworth Intermodal freight centre is full steam ahead following the announcement of $28 million from the NSW Nationals in the state government.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was joined by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro to flag funding for the project to get freight rail back into Tamworth.

The funding will reinstate a section of non-operational rail line in West Tamworth that will link a new commercially-built rail intermodal hub.

Mr Anderson said this investment is great news for Tamworth and the region as it will be the key to opening up the region to the rest of world.

“When complete, the intermodal rail hub and freight terminal to be built by Qube in Tamworth will create a direct rail route to ships at Port Botany, delivering a transport supply chain solution for producers and commercial operators in the New England Northwest,” Mr Anderson said.

“This multi-million dollar investment in infrastructure and services will support the regional growth and economic development that will continue to drive the prosperity we need. It backs up the $7.4 million that has already gone into the planning and early works of the project.

“This facility will be a game-changer as it will be a major attraction for both existing and new businesses to get on board and take advantage of the opportunity of opening up new export markets.”

Mr Barilaro said this significant investment is key to the development of the new intermodal rail hub that will better connect Northern NSW’s producers and businesses to the world.

“The intermodal will play an integral part in integrating rail and road infrastructure to secure reliable freight movements across the state and meet future freight demands,” he said.

“We are investing in regional infrastructure, programs and services that support industry development, improve productivity and economic growth.”