RiFL Hub

A significant regional centre, Wagga Wagga is in the Riverina region of NSW located centrally between Sydney and Melbourne, a location which offers excellent access to all state capital cities, from Brisbane to Adelaide.

The Riverina Intermodal Freight & Logistics (RiFL) Hub will capitalise on this excellent location and access to capital cities by improving rail and road connection between Wagga Wagga and its position on the important Sydney to Melbourne rail line.

Freight transport arrangements are particularly important for regional businesses, and even more so for exporters, where delivered price to world markets is a critical success factor. WithContinue reading

A significant regional centre, Wagga Wagga is in the Riverina region of NSW located centrally between Sydney and Melbourne, a location which offers excellent access to all state capital cities, from Brisbane to Adelaide.

The Riverina Intermodal Freight & Logistics (RiFL) Hub will capitalise on this excellent location and access to capital cities by improving rail and road connection between Wagga Wagga and its position on the important Sydney to Melbourne rail line.

Freight transport arrangements are particularly important for regional businesses, and even more so for exporters, where delivered price to world markets is a critical success factor. With this and other economic benefits in mind, Wagga Wagga City Council has developed the RiFL Hub program to be located at Bomen Business Park, Wagga Wagga.

The project involves the construction of new major rail and road infrastructure and a freight terminal on 95 hectares of land at Bomen Business Park. The project may also include the development of an agricultural bulk goods facility (grain terminal) and will be a key driver to the growth of the region.

Benefits associated with the RIFL Hub development include:

increased opportunity for freight and bulk traffic through the major Ports;

increasing the regions' competitive position in global markets by providing an efficient and cost
effective intermodal solution;

regional growth particularly by the RIFL Hub and associated infrastructure (roads and rail) being an enabler and attraction to the development of approximately 300Ha of heavy and light industrial land paving the way for the expansion of the Bomen Business Park;

jobs creation in the infrastructure build, operation of the terminals and development of the adjoining industrial land;

attraction of new business and technology to the region; and

leveraging off existing investments of Government and the private sector in road, rail and port infrastructure.

Council is working to secure key Government partnerships for the development of the enabling infrastructure, highlighted by the Australian Government committing $14.5 million towards the construction of necessary roads and rail infrastructure. Private sector partners will also play a critical role in making the RiFL Hub a reality.

The program is estimated to cost in the vicinity of $50-$70 million and will vary depending on the final program scope developed by Council and Council’s private sector partner. Council will be working with the private sector in analysing the opportunities in the region and developing a detailed business case for further consideration of Council.

The construction of additional rail infrastructure, including a new 5.5km long master siding, will allow freight trains to safely pull off the main rail line to load and unload material for wider distribution.

Road infrastructure will capitalise on Wagga Wagga's easy access to the Sturt and Olympic Highways, and create the ‘hub' between road and rail.

As the program continues we will be looking for community input into the program via this website. In the interim, information relevant to the program will be made available here.

For further information contact rifl@wagga.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 292 442

This is project is supported by the Australian Government

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  • All Roads Lead to Bomen - June 2016

    25 days ago

    One of the city’s most important infrastructure projects is a step closer after the City of Wagga Wagga secured $13.2M in NSW Government funding.

    About $70M of works are required for the Bomen Enabling Roads (Stage One) and proposed Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub (Stage Two), including an underpass and a 5.8km master rail siding.

    Council required a funding commitment from the state or it would lose a $14.5M grant from the Federal Government and the potential to unlock close to 1,800 hectares of land at Bomen Business Park.

    “A NSW Government funding commitment was... Continue reading

    One of the city’s most important infrastructure projects is a step closer after the City of Wagga Wagga secured $13.2M in NSW Government funding.

    About $70M of works are required for the Bomen Enabling Roads (Stage One) and proposed Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub (Stage Two), including an underpass and a 5.8km master rail siding.

    Council required a funding commitment from the state or it would lose a $14.5M grant from the Federal Government and the potential to unlock close to 1,800 hectares of land at Bomen Business Park.

    “A NSW Government funding commitment was vital to help make this project a reality,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Rod Kendall said.

    “The Bomen Enabling Roads and proposed RiFL Hub will transform our economy and provide long-lasting benefits to the wider community.

    The NSW Government will provide a specific purpose grant of $8.3M toward the construction of the new heavy vehicle link and $4.9M to replace the Eunony Bridge under the Fixing Country Roads program.

    The Federal Government has also committed $4.9M to the bridge replacement.

    With all of the funding now locked in, Council will be able to continue work on the Wagga Wagga High Productivity Freight Route, which began with the Eunony Bridge Road Deviation Project in 2014-15.

    “The High Productivity Freight Route will create a potential round trip saving of 36 minutes – or 21 kilometres – for Higher Mass Limits (HML) vehicles and encourage heavy vehicles to avoid the CBD,” Cr Kendall said.

    “The enabling roads also serve as the first stage of the proposed RiFL Hub program, which would be constructed on land adjoining the new roads at Bomen Business Park.

    The next step of the proposed RiFL Hub project is finalising commercial terms with Council’s private sector partner, Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA). These negotiations are progressing well and it is envisaged that terms will be finalised over the next six months, but are still subject to several commercial decisions.

    “It’s important to note that Council is proposing to build the enabling roads regardless of stage two proceeding. The enabling roads provide significant safety, economic and productivity benefits which makes it a great project on its own,” Cr Kendall said.

  • RiFL Enters into Exclusivity Agreement with Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) - Nov 2015

    8 months ago

    On Monday 9 November, Wagga Wagga City Council resolved to enter into an Exclusivity Agreement with Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) in relation to the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub project. This Agreement has now been executed by both parties.

    The next step will be will a period of disclosure and negotiation between Council and GWA to determine whether the RiFL Hub project is commercially viable and if so, to agree on the contractual and legal terms to deliver and operate the RiFL Hub.

    An Exclusivity Agreement sets out the terms and conditions that negotiation and ... Continue reading

    On Monday 9 November, Wagga Wagga City Council resolved to enter into an Exclusivity Agreement with Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) in relation to the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub project. This Agreement has now been executed by both parties.

    The next step will be will a period of disclosure and negotiation between Council and GWA to determine whether the RiFL Hub project is commercially viable and if so, to agree on the contractual and legal terms to deliver and operate the RiFL Hub.

    An Exclusivity Agreement sets out the terms and conditions that negotiation and disclosure will be undertaken to reach agreement on the RiFL Hub project documents.

    About Genesee & Wyoming Australia: GWA is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Incorporated (G&W Inc. NYSE Ticker: “GWR”), an approximately US$3.5B /AUD$5.0B global rail company with operations in Australia, the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. For more information on Genesee & Wyoming Australia please visit http://www.gwrr.com/operations/railroads/australia/genesee_wyoming_australia

  • Genesee & Wyoming Australia selected for RiFL Hub negotiations - 29 September 2015

    10 months ago
    Council last night selected Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd as the new preferred proponent for the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub.

    Genesee & Wyoming Australia is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Incorporated (G&W Inc. NYSE Ticker: “GWR”), an approximately US$3.5 billion/AUD$5.0 billion global rail company with operations in Australia, the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.

    “The RiFL Hub has always been about Council partnering with all levels of government and the private sector to provide regional business access to a competitive freight solution that will open up commercial opportunities to the nation and... Continue reading

    Council last night selected Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd as the new preferred proponent for the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub.

    Genesee & Wyoming Australia is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Incorporated (G&W Inc. NYSE Ticker: “GWR”), an approximately US$3.5 billion/AUD$5.0 billion global rail company with operations in Australia, the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.

    “The RiFL Hub has always been about Council partnering with all levels of government and the private sector to provide regional business access to a competitive freight solution that will open up commercial opportunities to the nation and the world,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Rod Kendall said.

    “Council took positive steps last night to enable the planning and construction of new road infrastructure at Bomen, which in the future, will eliminate the level rail crossing at Dampier Street and improve truck productivity.

    “Essentially, the road infrastructure is proposed to be Stage One of the RiFL Hub Program, and we are hopeful of securing NSW Government support towards this critical infrastructure. Stage Two will happen concurrently and involves Genesee & Wyoming Australia.

    “We look forward to working with Genesee & Wyoming Australia in exploring the RiFL Hub with a view of commencing development when terms have been agreed and subject to viability.”

    “Genesee & Wyoming was pleased to be announced as the preferred proponent and welcomed the opportunity to partner with the Council to finalise the investment case for such a key regional transport project,” Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) Managing Director Greg Pauline said.

    “This is a key economic opportunity for the Riverina and we look forward to working closely in partnership with the Council to build a robust case to bring its intermodal objectives to fruition.
    “Importantly, Wagga Wagga has been included as part of the strategic route for the now Federal and State Government-backed Inland Rail project and this will further assist the business case for the RiFL Hub.”

    The terms of an exclusivity agreement will now be negotiated with Genesee & Wyoming Australia. Both parties propose to enter into a period of disclosure and negotiation (on an exclusive basis) to determine whether the RiFL Hub component of the development is commercially viable. If so, the contractual and legal terms of the contracts to deliver the RiFL Hub will form part of the negotiations and be considered further by Council in the future.

    Both Stages of the RiFL Hub Program (Stage One – Bomen Enabling Roads and RiFL Hub facilitation works, Stage Two – Rail infrastructure and Terminals), will be considered further by Council before construction commences.

    The RiFL Hub has been designed to deliver the following to the region, NSW and the nation:
    • A highly efficient and cost effective intermodal operation
    • Reduced cost of logistics in the supply chain
    • Ongoing growth of state and regional economies and long term employment opportunities
    • Support the State of NSW’s and Federal Government’s significant investment in rail infrastructure
    • Improve import and export services direct to Port Botany, Port of Melbourne and other ports depending on economic advantage
    • An operation that is integrated with the national transport and logistics network
    • Address significant existing road and rail safety issues
    • Encourage a freight shift from road to rail

  • Project Update - Request for Proposal (RFP) - August 2015

    12 months ago

    A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to interested parties in July 2015 regarding the development of the RIFL Hub. The RIFL Hub and enabling infrastructure project has progressed significantly over the past 12 months with Council’s previous partner Traxion, completing various studies and work, strengthening the case for the RIFL Hub. It is anticipated that Council will consider a report in September 2015 which details responses received to the RFP, the assessment process and recommendations moving forward.


    A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to interested parties in July 2015 regarding the development of the RIFL Hub. The RIFL Hub and enabling infrastructure project has progressed significantly over the past 12 months with Council’s previous partner Traxion, completing various studies and work, strengthening the case for the RIFL Hub. It is anticipated that Council will consider a report in September 2015 which details responses received to the RFP, the assessment process and recommendations moving forward.


  • Eunony Bridge Road Deviation Complete

    12 months ago

    Construction for the Eunony Bridge Road Deviation Project is complete with the new road opening to traffic on 3 July 2015. The project was one of the key proposals to come out of the Bomen Strategic Master Plan and is crucial step towards making it easier for heavy vehicles to access the Bomen Business Park from the Sturt Highway. In the next stage, Council will match a $1.27M dollar grant that it recently received from the Heavy Vehicles Safety and Productivity Programme to upgrade existing sections of Byrnes Road and Eunony Bridge Road. These works will begin later in the... Continue reading

    Construction for the Eunony Bridge Road Deviation Project is complete with the new road opening to traffic on 3 July 2015. The project was one of the key proposals to come out of the Bomen Strategic Master Plan and is crucial step towards making it easier for heavy vehicles to access the Bomen Business Park from the Sturt Highway. In the next stage, Council will match a $1.27M dollar grant that it recently received from the Heavy Vehicles Safety and Productivity Programme to upgrade existing sections of Byrnes Road and Eunony Bridge Road. These works will begin later in the year

    For more information on Eunony Bridge Road Deviation visit Wagga Wagga City Council's Website

  • Project Update – Enabling Road Infrastructure – August 2015

    12 months ago

    A formal request has been made to the NSW Government regarding a contribution towards the enabling roads component of the RiFL Hub project.

    These proposed roads will enable the closure of the Bomen Rail Crossing, construction of a grade separated underpass of the main North-South rail line and link between the Olympic Highway with the Sturt Highway (creating a heavy vehicle bypass of Wagga). This enabling road infrastructure will also:

    • cater for future traffic demand;

    • improve and address existing traffic constraints;

    • address significant safety concerns;

    • stimulate economic growth by opening up industrial zoned land in the... Continue reading

    A formal request has been made to the NSW Government regarding a contribution towards the enabling roads component of the RiFL Hub project.

    These proposed roads will enable the closure of the Bomen Rail Crossing, construction of a grade separated underpass of the main North-South rail line and link between the Olympic Highway with the Sturt Highway (creating a heavy vehicle bypass of Wagga). This enabling road infrastructure will also:

    • cater for future traffic demand;

    • improve and address existing traffic constraints;

    • address significant safety concerns;

    • stimulate economic growth by opening up industrial zoned land in the Bomen industrial precinct; and

    • support the development of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub.

  • WWCC Media Release - May 2015

    about 1 year ago

    Media Release from Wagga Wagga City Council regarding the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics hub

    To view the full media release, click here

    Media Release from Wagga Wagga City Council regarding the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics hub

    To view the full media release, click here

  • WWCC Media Release - April 2015

    about 1 year ago

    Statement from Wagga Wagga City Council regarding the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics hub

    To view the full media release, click here

    Statement from Wagga Wagga City Council regarding the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics hub

    To view the full media release, click here

  • Project Update - December 2014

    over 1 year ago
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    Traxion is continuing to progress with its project investigations and negotiations with key industry customers and other stakeholders relating to the project. To facilitate discussions, Traxion has prepared a brochure which highlights the key components of the proposal, indicative timelines and a 3D scaled image of the RIFL Hub and future industrial park.

    To view the brochure please click here


    Traxion is continuing to progress with its project investigations and negotiations with key industry customers and other stakeholders relating to the project. To facilitate discussions, Traxion has prepared a brochure which highlights the key components of the proposal, indicative timelines and a 3D scaled image of the RIFL Hub and future industrial park.

    To view the brochure please click here

  • RiFL GAINS TRAXION

    almost 2 years ago
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    In June 2014, Australian company Traxion was announced as the preferred proponent to directly negotiate with for the development of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government’s $14.5 million contribution towards the project was a strategic investment in economic and business growth for the region and the nation.

    “The Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub will provide a cost effective and efficient intermodal operation for the Wagga Wagga region and encourage a shift from road to rail for Australia’s rapidly growing freight task,” Mr Truss... Continue reading

    In June 2014, Australian company Traxion was announced as the preferred proponent to directly negotiate with for the development of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government’s $14.5 million contribution towards the project was a strategic investment in economic and business growth for the region and the nation.

    “The Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub will provide a cost effective and efficient intermodal operation for the Wagga Wagga region and encourage a shift from road to rail for Australia’s rapidly growing freight task,” Mr Truss said.

    “The new freight hub will  deliver highly accessible facilities, offer connectivity with most of
    Australia’s major cities and provide good road, rail and air connections.

    “In addition to creating long term employment opportunities and addressing existing road and rail safety issues, it will improve import and export services to Port Botany, Port of Melbourne and other ports, thereby helping to reduce the cost of logistics in the supply chain.”

    Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack welcomed the announcement.

    “Traxion’s core focus is to develop and manage independent, open access intermodal terminals and supporting infrastructure,” Mr McCormack said.

    “The management team (of Traxion) has a long and proud history in the Australian railway industry, and their involvement means the right infrastructure can be delivered at the right time.”

    The project includes the construction of a rail and infrastructure package, an intermodal container
    terminal, agricultural bulk goods precinct, a rail related development precinct, and enabling road infrastructure to capitalise on Wagga Wagga’s easy access to the Sturt and Olympic Highways.

    The Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub will be the only intermodal terminal on the main southern railway line able to load and unload trains of the current maximum length.