New Inland Port at Rolleston supports Canterbury’s growth
LPC’s new Inland Port at Rolleston, MidlandPort, is under development and will be fully operational with a rail service in 2016.
It is part of the Company’s 30 year development plan, with the Inland Port being set up to help service the increasing productivity from the Canterbury plains, primarily the export growth driven by increased irrigation.
The new Rolleston facility will provide better supply chain efficiency, particularly for central Canterbury importers and exporters.
The purpose built Inland Port in Jones Road will be able to receive and deliver import and export containers, provide container storage and repairs, and transfer containers between trucks and trains.
It will also reduce the need for container trucks moving through Christchurch city to Lyttelton and help those needing to move containers to avoid road traffic congestion and delays.
The facility’s direct rail connection to the west, south and Lyttelton Port, will support connectivity and significantly contribute to Canterbury’s growing economy. MidlandPort is strategically placed at the intersection of Canterbury’s major freight arteries – the South Island Main Trunk Railway line, the Midland Railway line and State Highway 1. It will provide a direct link to the 14 shipping lines and nine shipping services that call at the Port.
Container vessel sizes and volumes are increasing while the time to move these volumes to and from the Port is becoming shorter. Lyttelton Port needs to be ready for the arrival of larger vessels and the Rolleston development is a crucial part of this. Already, Lyttelton Port handles well over half of the total movement of containers through South Island ports.
LPC is working closely with the Carter Group to develop the Inland Port facility so it is completely integrated with warehousing and distribution facilities.
The LPC Inland Port has a shared boundary with the $500 million industrial and logistics park being developed by the Carter Group. Stage 1 of Carter’s South Island Industrial Port (I PORT), began with the sale of 27 hectares to LPC last year to develop the Inland Port.
Carter Group’s Industrial Port Director, Tim Carter, said the shared boundary with LPC provides access to the efficiencies and convenience of being located next to an Inland Port.