Port of Melbourne ready to roll on new rail transformation project 

Sep 28, 2021

Port of Melbourne is a step closer to implementing a critical rail solution to meet the needs of a growing  port, having awarded the construction contract to move ahead with the Port Rail Transformation Project  (PRTP), according to the company's release.   

The PRTP will enable more containers to be moved by rail more efficiently, by-passing roads in inner Melbourne. The project will increase rail terminal capacity and improve rail terminal operations.   

The PRTP 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  that can handle 600 linear meter long trains and will interface with the Patrick international container  terminal. Common user rail infrastructure will also be upgraded.   

A new road to facilitate an uninterrupted connection for movement of containers between the new rail  terminal and the wider Swanson Dock precinct will also be constructed.   

Michael Jovicic, Patrick Terminals CEO said I am pleased to confirm Patricks continued investment in  port rail capacity. Our contribution to the Port Rail Transformation Project will help drive more efficient  movement of rail volumes in line with broader policy to support modal shift.  This project forms part of the Port of Melbournes 2050 Port Development Strategy, defining critical  infrastructure programs needed to support the economic growth of Victoria and aiming for a  completion date in mid 2023.

SourcePort news