The Toll Group has opened what it claims is Australia’s largest express parcel freight facility.
The Toll Group has opened the doors to its new $170 million express facility, which it claims is the largest express parcel freight depot in Australia, in Bungarribee, north west of Sydney.
The 53,000 square metre facility, custom-built for Toll on an 18-hectare site has been designed for the express road freight business Toll IPEC.
The facility features modern design and planning with a close proximity to the key transport routes to service Sydney and the rest of Australia.
Toll IPEC executive general manager Rodney Johnston said while the new depot incorporates the latest equipment with a focus on customer centricity, its key design features are those related to safety.
“The facility allows for greater segregation of forklifts and pedestrians, reducing the need to share space on the floor.
“The entire facility has a much stronger traffic management plan than in previous depots, due to key design initiatives relating to freight profile, truck type, and traffic flow. This will help us to maintain our capacity at peak times.
“For our freight handlers, the chutes have been redesigned to allow for easier lifting and manoeuvring. And lastly, we have implemented scissor-lifts to prevent injuries whilst unloading pallets.”
In addition to increasing safety through a range of modern features, the facility provides the capacity for Toll IPEC to grow with the changing needs of its customers and better manage high volume work periods, boosting parcel sorting capacity to 35,000 parcels an hour.
Mr Kruger said the suburb of Bungarribee, 37 kilometres north west of Sydney’s CBD, with its immediate access to major arterial routes, was a good location to allow Toll to service its diverse range of customers.
The new facility will be home to around 600 employees, who are currently spread across four sites in Moorebank, Homebush and Bankstown.