Hastings port plan to drive up freight costs, report finds

 

News article: Hastings port plan to drive up freight costs, report finds

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.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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.
Hastings port plan to drive up freight costs, report finds


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.

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  waynes Junior Train Controller

Location: Victoria
The road network simply will not cope.  The answer is not more roads.  It needs to go on rail for sure.

Why would the transport costs be higher if rail was used?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
The short term rail link plan appears to be using the Stony Point and Frankston lines - great idea except for the lack of expansion and the ever-present problem of using broad gauge for intermodal freight. As remarked previously on Railpage, the old 2009 plan outlines a new spur from the Cranbourne line as the replacement after capacity issues become too much. However, there still remains the issue of gauge. Port-to-interstate traffic would be difficult to attract due to double-handling and every inland port in Victoria that wished to get cargo from Hastings would need BG access.

So there's no room for SG and BG-only access is a bad idea for the future. Seems likely that most of the Port of Hastings freight will end up coming out of the terminal on trucks. And they want this bloody port to become the largest intermodal container port in Australia!?
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
The East-West link is how the government intends to shift all the freight.  A two-track approach to grade separation means that there will be little rail freight via Dandenong.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The East-West link is how the government intends to shift all the freight. A two-track approach to grade separation means that there will be little rail freight via Dandenong.
Edith

And then Peak-Oil hits.  If any government had the foresight, they would've built Eastlink with a train track down the middle and then sent it eastward along the middle of the Eastern Freeway (doubles as the Doncaster Rail line) and tunneled under Fitzroy to link with the mainline at Dynon.

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