• Sectors: Mining and Metals, Ports and Industrial Infrastructure, Transportation

Hunter Ports Coal Terminal

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia - Hunter Ports Authority was looking to create a state of the art coal-loading terminal, building a new rail link that would remove 90% of their coal trains from residential areas, and reduce congestion and the damage to the environment in the local community.

90%

Reduction in coal trains in residential areas
Hunter Ports Coal Terminal Newcastle, New South Wales

Newcastle, New South Wales, is the world's largest export facility for coal, most of which transported from terminal to port via railway. For a long time, local residents have objected to the impact the increase in coal output from the terminal was having on the local environment. 

In order to address this problem, the client was looking to relocate their coal terminal and to create a new rail corridor through industrial land close to the terminal. The intention was to close the existing Mayfield rail corridor, thus removing the traffic from the local residential area. This was a sensitive proposal, and one that had been in development for three years without success. The client was looking to quickly resolve this issue and turned to Arcadis for help. 

We were engaged to develop high level concept designs for new rail alignments coming into the site via the Steel River, site grading and layout of the site stockpiles, buildings and amenities. We provided concept designs for road improvements in the local area to improve traffic flow, including six intersections, an expansion of a four kilometer section of the roadway from two to four land, upgrades to two existing bridges and the construction of two new bridges. 

Arcadis assisted the client with their public announcement of the project. We coordinated the development of visually informative information illustrating what the terminal would look like upon completion, including the development of formats most suitable for presentation on the web, at community meetings and in print media. This involved close collaboration with artists, urban designers, project managers and communication consultants.  

We were able to communicate effectively to stakeholders the impact and benefits of the development, both locally and nationally.

Outcomes

90%

Reduction in coal trains in residential areas