The Victorian Government has confirmed plans to establish a major intermodal terminal at Donnybrook, 50 km north of Melbourne, on 80 ha of land.
The plan is one part of the government’s Freight Futures vision, which includes the reservation of freight corridors and the establishment of a network of intermodal terminals, as well as the early development of Hastings as an overflow port to the Port of Melbourne.
The Victorian Government is also planning to build two new dual-gauge rail lines into the Port of Melbourne to replace the single broad-gauge line.
Addressing the Australian Logistics Council’s Annual Forum, director of the Victorian Department of Transport Terry Garwood confirmed the Donnybrook plan and also said the “Port of Hastings development will not be put on the backburner."
A small but worrying aspect of the government’s Donnybrook development is the fact that the land is still privately owned. “Flagging a development like this before buying the land is crazy,” one industry source said. “It will drive up the value of the land to astronomical levels, the landowner will be able to ask any price.”
The Freight Futures plan includes:
* a Truck Action Plan for the inner west to improve freight access to the Port of Melbourne and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets;
* the new interstate rail terminal at Donnybrook/Beveridge, assisting to shift unnecessary truck trips away from the Dynon area and inner suburbs;
* designation of a principal freight network, to connect the major freight hubs with the Port of Melbourne and concentrate freight flows on dedicated links;
* completion of key east-west and orbital links in the freeway network that services freight;
* a network of metropolitan freight terminals to actively encourage more efficient freight movements within Melbourne by rail and road, with a new international terminal adjacent to the Port of Melbourne forming its central hub;
* an extension of the network for High Productivity Freight Vehicles in the Green Triangle region and other limited metropolitan freeways;
* additional stevedoring capacity at the Port of Melbourne;
* planning for the Port of Hastings expansion, to become Victoria’s supplementary container port when Melbourne reaches capacity;
* planning for improved transport connections in Gippsland to open up new coal industries;
* a truck access charge for the Port of Melbourne, to contribute to infrastructure upgrades, encourage off-peak truck movements and promote rail freight;
* a trial of hybrid electric freight vehicles, to support a sustainable and lower emissions transport system.