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PORT of Melbourne’s Port Rail Transformation Project is progressing with the official naming of a new road supporting the movement of containers.

The broader rail project was set up to meet the demands of Port of Melbourne’s growth, reduce truck movements in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs and increase rail terminal capacity.

The naming of the new road is the most recent milestone in the project. The name “Intermodal Way” reflects the integration of maritime, rail and road freight modes which converge at the port.

Following its planned completion in November this year, the new road is expected to facilitate uninterrupted connection for the movement of containers between Dock Link Road and the wider port area.

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The Port Rail Transformation Project also involves the development and construction of a new rail terminal interfacing with the Swanson Dock East International Container Terminal.

The rail terminal will include two new sidings with the capacity to handle trains of up to 600 metres long. Common user rail infrastructure will also be upgraded.

“We have invested over $125 million in the project, and it shows our commitment in meeting the growing demand for better rail freight solutions,” Port of Melbourne CEO Saul Cannon said.

“The project will see more containers moved by rail more efficiently, by-passing roads in inner Melbourne,” he said.

The new road is expected to facilitate the closure of a section of Coode Road between Dock Link Road and Phillips Road.

Port of Melbourne advised that between July and November this year, there will be a temporary diversion connecting Dock Link Road and Coode Road to enable works to be carried out safely.

And from November this year, Intermodal Way is expected to be open, and the section of Coode Road between Dock Link Road and Phillips Road will be closed.

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