Freight-related truck movements in Melbourne's inner west impact on the liveability, amenity and wellbeing of communities.
In 2017, expressions-of-interest (EOIs) 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.
In March 2018, shortlisted respondents were invited to submit firm proposals for funding. Proposals are due to be submitted by June, then evaluated so any grant allocations can be determined by late 2018.
This 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 to the initiative to upgrade rail connections and improve terminal access, with the Victorian Government committing $20 million.