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Port-Rail Shuttle services (the Metropolitan Intermodal System) will improve the efficiency of containerised freight transport throughout Melbourne by connecting the port to major outer suburban freight hubs by the existing rail network.
The 2014-15 State Budget provided $20 million, along with $38 million from the Commonwealth Government, towards developing the project. It is anticipated that the private sector will also invest in the project.
The project will deliver :
Development of an effective Metropolitan Intermodal System will result in efficient freight movements across the city. It is estimated that at least 2,400 trucks a day will be removed from the road network, which is around 10 per cent of all port-based truck movements.
A market engagement process will commence in 2014. Port-Rail Shuttle services are expected to be operational by 2017.
This article first appeared on economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au
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