A Rivet bulk tanker pulled by a Kenworth travels along the South Gippsland Highway.
The Victorian Department of Transport have announced that works aimed at taking more trucks off the road in Melbourne’s southeast have progressed.
Part of the Port Rail Shuttle Network (PRSN) project, crews have completed laying the track of a new rail connection, enabling freight to be transported more efficiently from Dandenong South to the Port of Melbourne.
The connection – known as a spur line – will also link the Cranbourne line to a new intermodal freight terminal to be constructed and operated by Salta Properties later this year.
As part of three key initiatives to be delivered as part of the PRSN, this will result in lower transport costs for businesses and take thousands of trucks off arterial and suburban roads.
Direct rail connections reportedly will be provided from the Port of Melbourne to major freight hubs in metropolitan Melbourne in the southeast, north and west.
Works to link the SCT Logistics terminal in Altona continue as part of the project, while construction at the Austrak terminal in Somerton is scheduled to take place later this year.
Once complete, PRSN will slash truck movements on suburban roads by up to 175,000 trips each year and cut freight transport costs by up to 10 per cent.