Freight costs would almost double, potentially pushing up the cost of goods in Victoria, if Melbourne's port operations were shifted to Hastings, new analysis has found.
Truck travel hours, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption would all soar as freight was shifted greater distances on trucks travelling to and from a new container port 80 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, a Victoria University report released on Tuesday argues.
Should the Napthine government's proposed expansion of the Port of Hastings come to fruition, some 4.5 million containers a year would have to be shifted by road and rail to Melbourne's western suburbs, the report by the university's Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics states.
The idea would be to get as much as possible onto rail from Hastings and send it to distribution points being the western suburbs, the outer northern and the eastern. Interstate freight could be marshaled in Tottenham Yard or a newer yard for interstate traffic.
That number of trucks would cause massive pollution. It is just not viable.