Toll Commits to Brighton Freight Hub Wed 12 December 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Infrastructure The Minister for Infrastructure, David O'Byrne, today announced a major win for Tasmanian jobs, road safety and business efficiency. The state's biggest freight carrier, Toll, has reached agreement with TasRail to move its operations to the new Brighton Transport Hub. Mr O'Byrne said Toll's commitment secures the hub's future as Tasmania's main inland freight asset. "A more efficient freight system supports businesses and grows jobs," Mr O'Byrne said. "That's why the Tasmanian Government's invested heavily in the hub - providing almost $80 million for this once-in-a-generation project. "The Brighton hub marks Tasmania's biggest-ever improvement when it comes to moving north-south freight. "It'll make Tasmanian business more competitive, and better-placed to fund new jobs. "For example, it's a massive win for a business operator getting their products to a northern sea port, and off to the mainland, more quickly and conveniently. "And it's a real safety boost for a pedestrian crossing the road in Hobart's city centre. The hub will reduce the number of heavy trucks needing to drive through the CBD," he said. Mr O'Byrne said the commercial negotiations between TasRail and Toll had been tough. "This is a major opportunity for TasRail, Toll, and Tasmania's freight system in general," Mr O'Byrne said. "As well as moving to the hub, Toll has committed to a long-term haulage agreement to increase its rail use. "This sort of change takes time and careful planning. Like TasRail, we make no apology for taking the necessary time to get the right deal for Tasmanian taxpayers," he said. Tasrail has continued developing the hub in recent months, by: • Installing crucial infrastructure to get the hub operating and help attract tenants. • Achieving rail safety accreditation for the site. • Starting to set-up its maintenance workshops.