Pallas seeks feedback on intermodal network plan

Victorians asked to have their say on proposal to develop a network of intermodal freight terminals

April 27, 2010

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on a proposal to develop a network of intermodal freight terminals and upgrade road and rail routes throughout Melbourne.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas today released a community consultation paper seeking input on the Government’s intermodal hub plans outlined in its Freight Futures strategy.

The document titled proposes three principal rail-to-road intermodal terminals to the west, north and south-east of Melbourne including a number of road-to-road terminals sited to service freight activity.

Workshops will be held in June around Melbourne to explain the plan. Community consultation will run until September 30.

Pallas says the intermodal network can only be delivered through a private-public partnership.

"We are committed to working closely with all stakeholders and the community to achieve an efficient and viable intermodal system for Melbourne ... and welcome discussion and debate on the proposals outlined in the discussion paper," Pallas says.

"We are acting now to develop new methods to handle the growing container freight task, and the discussion paper outlines how we can deliver on this, proposing a hybrid network of rail-to-road and road-to-road terminals."

Click here to access the consultation paper.

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