Hastings port plan tied to rails

 

News article: Hastings port plan tied to rails

A plan to build Australia's biggest port at Hastings, south-east of Melbourne, relies on also building the state's biggest public transport project, the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, putting the Napthine government at odds with its federal allies.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A plan to build Australia's biggest port at Hastings, south-east of Melbourne, relies on also building the state's biggest public transport project, the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, putting the Napthine government at odds with its federal allies.



The federal Coalition has ruled out funding passenger rail projects, including Melbourne Metro, but on Wednesday committed $300 million towards building an inland freight rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane.



The Rudd government on Tuesday committed the same amount to early work on the line, which would ultimately cost $5 billion to build.



Nationals leader and shadow transport minister Warren Truss said the inland rail line ''has the potential to take up to a million semi-trailers a year off the road by transferring freight that otherwise would have moved by road onto the rail network''.
Hastings port plan tied to rails


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I did make the comment some weeks ago regarding the sad behaviour of Napthine and his approach to building the east west road link.  This project is all about and only about ensuring trucks can gain access to the new port of hastings for the movement of containers to and from Hastings.

With Napthine and Abbott at the helm, australia will become 3rd world!

Regards
Brian

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  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
Somewhere between Geelong and Melbourne would be a better option over Hastings.
More central, closer to Melbourne, close to BG and SG links as well as an existing major highway.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sure. I would agree. However, why not expand Geelong and make that the second port for the state or even an under utilised Portland?

Regards
Brian
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Sure. I would agree. However, why not expand Geelong and make that the second port for the state or even an under utilised Portland?

Regards
Brian
bevans
Portland: Too far from most of traffic.

Hastings is already a deep water port.
  Daryl Junior Train Controller

Location: Carrum Downs
Linking this freight plan to the tunnel agenda will ensure it will never be built.
The libs will never build this tunnel and by linking everything else to it will ensure no major rail projects will be built whilst the libs are in office, say a decade.

I don't think the tunnel should be built either, it's a furphy.

The Doncaster line and Airport line can be accommodated without the tunnel as was planned in the '60s.

Indeed the tunnel can be built later if the prposal stands on it's own merits but the current enhusiasm is just a way to bundle everything and attack the federal government at the same time regarless of which party is in power.

Abbot knows this and has 'ruled out' rail projects and sets the tone for grand road projects over the next decade. This will ride out the current renaissance in rail which will fade when consumers take up with more available electric cars.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Sure. I would agree. However, why not expand Geelong and make that the second port for the state or even an under utilised Portland?

Regards
Brian
bevans
Definitely agree about Geelong. It would be much easier to connect that to the existing SG line than building a whole new freight-only line through the eastern suburbs.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Perhaps the governments continued push for an upgraded port at Hastings has a lot more to do with supporting those who have been enthusiastic buyers of land adjacent to the terminal location?

Regards
Brian
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Portland: Too far from most of traffic.

Hastings is already a deep water port.
speedemon08

The money which could be saved on building out Hastings would more than pay for the use of rail links between Portland and other terminals in Victoria and indeed interstate.  Mildura and other northern based geographic centres for export could rail their wares directly to the port at Portland.

Regards
Brian
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney

Abbot knows this and has 'ruled out' rail projects and sets the tone for grand road projects over the next decade. This will ride out the current renaissance in rail which will fade when consumers take up with more available electric cars.
Dary

AIUI, Abbot has ruled out support for suburban, passenger rail, but does support especially interstate and export freight.

So it is not as bad as it seems.

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