A new freight terminal in Tokoroa is looking to use road and rail to create a central North Island freight hub.
The Tokoroa Road Rail Terminal is a joint venture between the South Waikato District Council and logistics firm RJ Lincoln with support from KiwiRail and the NZ Transport Agency.
The multi-million dollar terminal consists of a siding added to the Kinleith rail line with a tarmac hardstand and a container loading and unloading area. An 8400 square metre storage facility is currently under construction.
The Council owns the facility and has granted an access and handling contract to RJ Lincoln, who donated the land.
“This terminal is well located to handle import and export freight in the central North Island,” says Gavin O’Donoghue, General Manager of RJ Lincoln. “We’re confident this terminal will bring environment, social and economic benefits to the region.”
Already the terminal has created a number of jobs for the Tokoroa community while reducing the number of truck trips between the town and Tauranga which improves safety and travel times for other road users.
Gavin says there has already been strong interest for the bulk handling and storage of freight both to and from the Port of Tauranga through the rail terminal from a number of different firms and he is confident the terminal will become an important freight hub over the next few years.
The Transport Agency’s Freight Portfolio Director and Regional Director for Waikato/Bay of Plenty Harry Wilson says the terminal is a fantastic initiative which would improve freight efficiency in the North Island.
“This year we introduced a strategic priority of integrating road and rail to improve freight efficiency and in Tokoroa we have a great example of what this looks like in practice,” Harry says.
“For us it’s about looking at the whole of the land transport system and seeing how we can get road and rail together to move freight more safely and efficiently.”
“This terminal ticks those boxes as it makes best use of the existing rail infrastructure which reduces the number of truck trips bringing safety and congestion benefits to other road users,” Harry says.