5,500 truck movements to the port each and every day. That it already WAY to high.
Government Minister wants to shift cargo from trucks to rail
This is the first time the details of the shortly to be released Rail Access Strategy have been made public. It sounds like they’ve put some serious thought into how to rearrange the rail access.
I suspect the Port will pay for the on-dock upgrades out of their own pocket, but it’ll have to be matched by PRS funding from the state to be viable.
But is there any point building these new terminals if the rail operators don't want to service them?
It's great to say you want to put more freight on rail but you can't force the operators into bidding for the work.
My thoughts are this is a big significant shift from the way rail has been treated to the Port of Melbourne. Creating the ability to go on and off the dock and yards and removing the need to truck the container from North Dynon, or the MFT is a BIG win for rail. It means only one lift on and one lift off the train. I cannot see how this is anything but a major step forward but i would have liked to have seen the Webb Dock line included and this is important for the entire deal.How many times have we been through the Webb Dock situation already? The Port estimates their four-terminal plan to be "in the hundreds of millions of dollars". Add Webb Dock to that and you're looking at billions, because of the need to cross the river, while avoiding the Bolte and West Gate bridges.
How any manager at V/Line arrived at the conclusion delivering containers to a rail yard and then expecting that container to be lifted onto a truck for the 400 metres to the dock was a good idea had rocks in their heads. Then again Kennett did pull up the rail network to the docks which had to be relaid. (forced upon them?)
Inland rail when connected will ensure a seamless connection to and from the Port of Melbourne reducing cost.
Why would a rail operator not want to see costs taken out of the supply chain?
Seems a study is already underway?That was an election promise by the state Opposition.
There is a perfectly good SG line to the Port of Brisbane built under the "One Nation" program, fortunately its DG so at least one of the rails is shinny. My point being building is great but is it what industry wants or needs and if not why not.At the risk of going off tangent (so ill confine my Qld comments here), its not just about building port rails. The whole network needs to be viewed in entirety. Decent NG/SG to the port is useless in Queensland if the rest of the network is low TAL, winding and circuitous NG that costs more and is less attractive than the road alternative.
But how relevant is this James in the context of the POM initiative?The point was laying rails and expecting they will come is not a certainty as shown in the case of PoB which I highlighted. What does industry want and why?
NSW uses this approach for port shuttles for Botany do you see a limitation with TAL on the NSW network which is current hampering this arrangement?
The point was laying rails and expecting they will come is not a certainty as shown in the case of PoB which I highlighted. What does industry want and why?
with regard to PoB, James mentioned TAL, yet there are plenty of trains each week running to PoB from CQ and as far north as Townsville, could there be more???
The issue for PoB wasn't' about the NG, its about the SG, its there but apart from a short spurt during the late 200's mining boom, the SG tracks are grossly underutilized and often with long periods of NADA, yet there is 4-5 SG trains a day to Brisbane. How will the Inland affect this?
Is the work in Mel going to replicate Sydney or Brisbane?
Vic is the same. Sorry Dangersdan but some of the BG network is not good enough and needs greater TAL, better signalling and derangement from the passenger network etc etc etc to make it truely part of a good supply chain that industry want to use. And SG has more operators who can offer more competition to further lower the cost and improve service quality.
I agree with the TAL argument however what about Dandenong Way? There is no chance that A SG line is going past Flinders street. I'm surprised this is not discussed more often due to the sheer amount of Trucks on the Monash Freeway heading eastward.