PORT of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke hosted minister for communications, urban infrastructure, cities and the arts Paul Fletcher for a tour of the port, following the Commonwealth government’s $2 billion budget commitment for the creation of a new intermodal terminal to accommodate future Inland Rail services.
“Connection of Inland Rail to the port, including a direct freight connection to Webb Dock, is essential to meeting the long term demands of consumers and business,” the port said in a statement.
Port of Melbourne backs the increased use of rail to enable the more efficient movement of goods, and is investing more than $125 million in the Port Rail Transformation Project as part of a suite of major initiatives.
Port of Melbourne has engaged with government on the importance of connecting Inland Rail to the port. This includes a submission to the Senate Inland Rail Inquiry and an appearance at the recent Senate hearing in support of the now announced Melbourne Intermodal Freight Terminal.