Freight-related truck movements in Melbourne's inner west impact on the liveability, amenity and wellbeing of communities.
The Federal and Victorian governments are investing in projects to take trucks off the state's roads and connect the Port of Melbourne to major freight hubs using the existing rail network.
Expressions of interest are now being sought to deliver a series of rail freight shuttle initiatives on the existing rail network by connecting the port to major freight hubs and businesses.
The project will allow more freight to be moved by rail, reduce road congestion and shift containers from residential streets onto dedicated routes to the port.
Reducing transport costs for the movement of freight to export markets will boost Australia's economic competitiveness.
The Federal Government has committed $38 million, while the Victorian Government $20 million to the initiative. The funding is earmarked to upgrade rail connections and improve terminal access.