The Port Rail Shuttle network will increase the competitiveness of the Victorian economy, create hundreds of jobs, improve Melbourne’s liveability, and make rail freight movement to and from the Port of Melbourne competitive with road.

In 2017, expressions-of-interest were invited from private industry to deliver a series of rail freight shuttle initiatives on the existing rail network by connecting the Port of Melbourne to major freight hubs and businesses.

Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding of up to $58 million has been made available.

Following a public, competitive request-for-proposal process, $16.2 million is being invested at Austrak in Somerton and $9.5 million at SCT Logistics in Altona to connect these major freight hubs to the Port of Melbourne by rail.

The projects will allow us to move more freight by rail, reduce road congestion and shift containers from residential streets onto dedicated routes to the port.

It will lead to significant investment in storage and logistics at the terminal locations, creating jobs in Melbourne’s north and west.

We’re also reducing transport costs for the movement of freight to export markets, which will boost Australia's economic competitiveness.

These are the first fully-funded Port Rail Shuttle network projects - further project funding will be announced.