Victorian Intermodal freight hub seeking a developer and operator

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 19 Feb 2020 18:05
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Bigshunter yes I am very excited about the new terminal and in touch with the council.

Anyhow, here is the map of the terminal.



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One thing If find odd about this Industrial estate, Is the new Link Road has a brand new bridge over the railway, but the parallel Ring Road has a level crossing ! surly the level crossing Is slated for closure and the Ring Road made Into two dead end service roads.

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  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Bigshunter yes I am very excited about the new terminal and in touch with the council.

Anyhow, here is the map of the terminal.



Entry from the main line will be to the north and I am wondering how many tracks will be required adjacent to the main and how many will be required in the terminal.  With the volumes anticipated the second (DOWN) track from Ballarat to Wendouree might be a possibility for storage if there is not enough space for tracks in the terminal.Two thoughts occurred to me the moment I saw this plan:
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The moment I saw the above plan two thoughts occurred to me:
1. Development close to runways - think Essendon DFO.
2. The close proximity to the actual intended transport conduit
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Stage 1 appears complete and one would expect the tracks to run along the southern boundary of the park which could also mean getting a siding into Stage 2 and 3 might be a challenge?

  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Stage 1 appears complete and one would expect the tracks to run along the southern boundary of the park which could also mean getting a siding into Stage 2 and 3 might be a challenge?
bevans
Why would they need a siding to stage 2 (and 3 wherever that is)?

The map clearly shows the proposed intermodal terminal being situated alongside the existing rail line directly below Stage one Blue / BIFH Magenta parts of the plan

They aren't going to rail individual louvre vans to each business for manual loading, it's not the 1940s.......
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf
The rail industry is going to be on the back foot when it come to winning back old clients  and new customers in Ballarat. There where big customer in Ballarat such as Elliot Macgill (grain) ;Joe White Maitings (Whites Siding Barly for beer) Garden City Flour Mills (Ballarat North). The old colonial masters divested themselves of the lot. Unfortunately Ballarat suffers from being to close to the Port of Melbourne .Far easier for smaller companies to use road for their containers  these days and for the bulk on rail . The above 3 EX-rail customer form railed thousands of tonnes of grain. Joe Whites siding next to the Ararat line and the silos are is now demolished,and the site is all houses. .Why will any of these new customers at the BW freight terminal use rail if there is no rail connection . I don,t know who will pay for that infrastructure. It all sound a bit vague .
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
David you mentioned on site has been demolished on the line to ararat has this business moved elsewhere or just folded?
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Money has come form the feds for this project it started?

Not been to ballarat for years and it is a long way.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Spoke with the Ballarat Council two weeks ago on this initiative.  They are in my view distancing themselves from this and sent me an email to speak with someone in the Victorian Government.  The plot thickens.

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