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Funding of $5 million for the Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT) pre-feasibility study is being provided by the Federal ($3.5 million) and Victorian ($1.5 million) Governments. If given the final go-ahead, the project would include the construction of an interstate terminal and freight precinct at Truganina in Melbourne's west as well as a rail link to the Interstate Rail Freight Network.
Currently interstate containers bound for distribution in Melbourne are railed to terminals at Dynon adjacent to the Port, and then trucked to the outer suburbs. The Dynon terminals have limited space and capacity, and can be difficult to access due to increasing congestion on the inner Melbourne road and rail networks.
The WIFT will move freight more efficiently by providing modern terminal facilities closer to the large industrial cluster in Melbourne's west, reducing the time and length of truck trips. This will also reduce freight traffic through the inner west, potentially removing up to 2,000 truck movements daily, by removing the need for trains and trucks to bring interstate freight into the Dynon precinct.
Following preliminary business case development in 2013, shortlisted solutions are being further investigated by the department in order to complete a full business case in early 2015 recommending a preferred solution for Government consideration.
Once the Government determines its preferred solution, the department will take further steps to preserve, in the relevant planning schemes and policies, the land and access corridors required for future interstate terminals.
Development of an interstate freight terminal in Melbourne's west is a long term strategic option which will:
This article first appeared on economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au
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