Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder today welcomed the completion of the $40 million Altona Intermodal Enhancement project as another important step towards growing freight on rail.
Australia needs a national freight and logistics strategy with seamless intermodal connections between land, sea and air transport.
“That’s why the Federal Labor Government is investing more than $400 million in a series of intermodal terminals across the country to improve transport productivity for our regional industries and exporters,” said Mr Albanese.
“The improvement of rail access to the Altona Intermodal precinct is the first
such project in Victoria to be completed under our Nation Building Program, with the Wimmera project in Horsham on track to be completed later this year.”
Altona Intermodal Enhancement project was jointly funded by the Federal ($32 million) and Victorian ($8 million) governments.
Mr Mulder said freight volumes were expected to double in Victoria in the next
two decades, so there was a real need to develop a statewide network of intermodal terminals to enhance terminal capacity and better handle the expected rise in container movements.
“The Altona Intermodal Enhancement project will improve standard gauge rail access for intermodal terminal operations in Altona,” said Mr Mulder.
“The project involved construction of an extension to the existing standard gauge passing loop to accommodate 1,800 metre long freight trains, new points providing access from terminals to the mainline and associated signalling and track works along this section of the Melbourne to Adelaide standard gauge line.”
The rail access will be used by SCT Logistics and Westgate Ports Pty Ltd following further works to connect their terminal sidings to the new rail points.