Port Rail Shuttles For Melbourne At Last

 
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
There have been 2 media items this week from actual players in the port-rail space who are pushing for Port-Rail shuttles with action.

SCT stated this week that they saw the future for them in growing port-rail shuttle business was linked to their long-haul interstate operations as a natural extension and stated they were ready to expand in this area.

Today the following news item from DP World also strengthens what the industry is doing:

DP World and Austrak announce inland port plans

Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation

David Sexton - Melbourne
September 9, 2016



DP World Australia and Austrak have announced plans for a new intermodal freight hub at Austrak’s business park at Somerton, north of Melbourne.
The stevedore is to operate the new inland freight hub, to be known as Somerton Rail Port, positioned 23km north of the Port of Melbourne and Melbourne CBD.
The new facility is expected to be fully customs bonded and is to connect Somerton directly by rail shuttle with the Port of Melbourne.
Somerton Rail Port sits inside the 300 acre Somerton Business Park in an industrial area with direct road access to the Hume Highway and Somerton Road, and rail connections to the Port of Melbourne, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
DPWA chief commercial officer, Brian Gillespie, said the new Somerton facility would have capacity for 200,000 teu per annum.
“As a full customs bonded port for both import and export containers, Somerton can be offered as a port of origin and destination by shipping companies,” Mr Gillespie said.
“We expect capacity will grow to 400,000 teu over time.
“A rail shuttle service running between Somerton and Port of Melbourne will provide a rapid turn-around service for imports and regional rail exports.”
Mr Gillespie said the company would increase freight transport options for local importers, and especially regional exporters, by handling longer regional train services which struggled to access to inner city rail terminals.
“With the planned closure of Coode Road next year, Somerton will have rail shuttle access to an on-dock rail connection, which significantly increases the effective capacity of our West Swanson container terminal.”
Austrak national development manager, Clarenzo Perna, said it had long been Austrak’s vision to fully develop the Somerton facility.
“I am excited about this latest project, which uses the combined expertise and assets of DP World Australia and Austrak,” Mr Perna said.
“The Somerton Rail Port will create new efficiencies and competition in the import-export (IMEX) supply chain. The rail shuttle will immediately remove around 100,000 plus truck movements from the roads of inner city Melbourne each year.
“We expect Somerton Rail Port to become a regional freight hub, and an extension of the container handling terminal at Port of Melbourne.”
The Somerton Rail Port is expected to start operations in December.
This article originally appeared on Rail Express affiliate site [u]Lloyd’s List Australia[/u].

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Good luck to all the players.
These projects will be great when (if?) they actually happen.
The dargs, restrictions, limitations and conditions will now appear from nowhere.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I thought Somerton was a SALTA property?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I thought Somerton was a SALTA property?
james.au

Hi james, there is a Salta and an Austrack property IIRC.

Will the shuttles be in both gauges?
  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver

Is SCT going to run the shuttle trains or is there no info yet on that?
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Somerton has both broad and standard gauge.
  Operater Junior Train Controller

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi  Group,

So  DP  World  and  Austrack  are  Interested  in a Terminal  of  Sorts  in  Melbourne. This is Good  News Ideally. As I see it Austrack is a well Respected Gvmnt Agency while DP World is a well Respected Container Company in its own right. While the location  may have Two  Gauges as such, I come away with the feelings that the location will B built with Standard Gauge in
mind based in a  Views of  Next Load/Container anywhere on the Standard Gauge  System - Nation Wide for all the Shippers and Operators Like  P.N.  Aurizon,   S S R,  Qube, and Who Ever Else etc. The Ideas of  BG to the State Line just  doesn't cut It
when a good percentage of the Containers are going Out of State to other Locations/Cities in the Country. Yes it gets more trucks  off the road but the reality is Get Those Trains Loaded and Away You Go A S A P when your Competing against say
Sydney. After all  in  Sydney Operators/Companies are Going all out to build Container Terminals. When Competition is Fearce to
Ship Buy Rail Melbourne can not  afford to B Left Out because they don't have the Rail Infrastructure or Worse Still the Wrong
Gauge.

Andrew.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Trapped in a meeting with Rhonda and Karsten
@Operater, Austrak is a private property developer, not a 'well-respected Government agency'.

The rest of your post was so riddled with misspelling, inappropriate capitalisation and other crimes against the English language that reading it hurt my eyes. Please spend a bit more time on your posts in future.
  BigTrain2015 Junior Train Controller

Hi  Group,


Sydney. After all  in  Sydney Operators/Companies are Going all out to build Container Terminals. When Competition is Fearce to
Ship Buy Rail Melbourne can not  afford to B Left Out because they don't have the Rail Infrastructure or Worse Still the Wrong
Gauge.

Andrew.
Operater

Victoria seems a long way behind when it comes to inland ports unlike NSW and the USA.  We have not seen a lot of action in QLD as yet.  South Australia is a rust belt.

both gauges would be better but North Dynon has both gauges.  if containers are for the port in Bg would be better as more options to travel to the port.

SG would be better for non vic and parts of vic.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I see the Western Distributor project will Impact on the current West Swanson Dock container loading siding.

There Is talk or actual plans to close Coode Road between Dock Link Road and Mackenzie Road, will this be to rebuild the rail loading siding clear of the proposed Western Distributor viaduct, along with removing the public road so the two DP World terminals can be consolidated ?
  prwise Locomotive Driver

I see the Western Distributor project will Impact on the current West Swanson Dock container loading siding.

There Is talk or actual plans to close Coode Road between Dock Link Road and Mackenzie Road, will this be to rebuild the rail loading siding clear of the proposed Western Distributor viaduct, along with removing the public road so the two DP World terminals can be consolidated ?
Nightfire
Or if fully exploited could it see DP World needing less real estate at the docks. This is expensive prime land, and both operators run into constraints at various times with nowhere to put boxes. As you approach being 'full' things slow down as when you need to 'dig' your way into a stack there is nowhere to put the boxes while you dig in. And site is pretty hemmed in on all sides.
Could we see direct portainer to train movements (not easy and even difficult) with major transfers to trucks happening at Somerton?. Would this break the MUA hold on the industry?  Can we get enough train movements along this corridor to support it?
Western Distributor a white elephant in decades to come?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Andrews just today announced another $400m for road funding.  More of the same.  These guys just don't get it.  The western distributor an eyesore for years to come and completely unnecessary.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Would this break the MUA hold on the industry?
prwise

Im interested to know more about possible union influence over road vs rail.  Care to explain more about this comment?
  prwise Locomotive Driver

Would this break the MUA hold on the industry?

Im interested to know more about possible union influence over road vs rail.  Care to explain more about this comment?
james.au
More a case of the control the MUA has on ports. When you minimise the role of the port and move many of it's functions inland what effect does this have? All you could have at the port is a simple crane to train transfer (and vice versa of course)
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Would the MUA not pick up some of the workforce in these inland ports?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Would this break the MUA hold on the industry?

Im interested to know more about possible union influence over road vs rail.  Care to explain more about this comment?
More a case of the control the MUA has on ports. When you minimise the role of the port and move many of it's functions inland what effect does this have? All you could have at the port is a simple crane to train transfer (and vice versa of course)
prwise
The MUA would want control of the Inland ports, ells they will loose their grip on power !
  prwise Locomotive Driver

Would the MUA not pick up some of the workforce in these inland ports?
james.au
Who knows. Greenfield site or not?. Would depend how the owner set it up. If it was an extension of existing operations then coverage would probably come from existing unions at site. MUA would no doubt claim it is Greenfield and then it gets pretty messy. Hold on to your seats then! A lot would depend on wording in existing EA in the Coverage Clause
  prwise Locomotive Driver

Would this break the MUA hold on the industry?

Im interested to know more about possible union influence over road vs rail.  Care to explain more about this comment?
More a case of the control the MUA has on ports. When you minimise the role of the port and move many of it's functions inland what effect does this have? All you could have at the port is a simple crane to train transfer (and vice versa of course)
The MUA would want control of the Inland ports, ells they will loose their grip on power !
Nightfire
There could be a case to deploy some of workers out there. Driving a straddle carrier is pretty specialised and these boys can really move some boxes on bonus shifts (although plant does take a belting).
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Many Inland Port Proposals have come and gone from memory these have all been killed or delayed under an ALP Government. Happy to be proven wrong.

GIFT
Marong
Mildura
Western Suburbs (Melbourne)
Geelong/Gheringhap
SALTA (Altona)
SALTA (Lindhurst)

Why Geelong has under developed Port rail access is also alarming.

Victoria is not going anywhere in terms of Port upgrades and Rail.  However the business is moving away from the port.  The latest development at Melbourne has no rail access this despite the Port listing it as a mandatory investment.  The ALP have simply breathed more life into the use of Trucks around the Port even to the detriment of the residents of the area and now more double stack truck mayhem with the new distributor.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Many Inland Port Proposals have come and gone from memory these have all been killed or delayed under an ALP Government. Happy to be proven wrong.

GIFT
Marong
Mildura
Western Suburbs (Melbourne)
Geelong/Gheringhap
SALTA (Altona)
SALTA (Lindhurst)

Why Geelong has under developed Port rail access is also alarming.
bevans

Council is dragging it's balls over any GIFT progress.....

Also why does the government have to fund everything. If there was any money in it people should be forced to build it themselves.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Note what you say but I'd suggest from this news item and SCT s announcement at around the same time that the private sector will just get on with it. The port bidders have engaged at least two well respected rail guys to help them proceed with their own rail planning as well. All bidders have stated rail access is critical in their plans.  It is disappointing that the burearacy hasn't got its act together and facilitated rail improvements with the 50 plus million Government provided in funding to support the port shuttle concept.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Note what you say but I'd suggest from this news item and SCT s announcement at around the same time that the private sector will just get on with it. The port bidders have engaged at least two well respected rail guys to help them proceed with their own rail planning as well. All bidders have stated rail access is critical in their plans.  It is disappointing that the burearacy hasn't got its act together and facilitated rail improvements with the 50 plus million Government provided in funding to support the port shuttle concept.
Trainplanner

The minister is clearly clueless and expects someone else to do gis job which again seems to be the way Victoria Operates.  With regard to the rail planners are these again people who have a less than favourable track record with rail or do they actually know what they are talking about?
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Note what you say but I'd suggest from this news item and SCT s announcement at around the same time that the private sector will just get on with it. The port bidders have engaged at least two well respected rail guys to help them proceed with their own rail planning as well. All bidders have stated rail access is critical in their plans.  It is disappointing that the burearacy hasn't got its act together and facilitated rail improvements with the 50 plus million Government provided in funding to support the port shuttle concept.

The minister is clearly clueless and expects someone else to do gis job which again seems to be the way Victoria Operates.  With regard to the rail planners are these again people who have a less than favourable track record with rail or do they actually know what they are talking about?
bevans
There is no actual Victorian Government Minister responsible for  Rail Freight .
Now port lease is finalized me thinks the issue of  rail shuttles to  Somerton and  Altona  etc will now be activated by both the State Government and the new Port lessee .  
Andrews Government is very focussed on delivering what it promised in 2014, and tends to close out/delay on other funded issues as it is scared of not delivering especially on the lx removals .
  damooops Junior Train Controller

Location: The Revenue Raising State
G'day all.
Has there been any more news/ further development of the Salta/ Qube intermodal facility at Lyndhurst? Or is this now dead in the water? What is the chances of any pathways available on that crowded Crimebourne line?
Cheers all.

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