The Inland Rail project is now proposing to do something I had not initially ,realised and that is the economics of rail access to Brisbane and Melbourne ports.
Sydney Botany (which has rail directly onto the port) is not unique is it with Melbourne and also Brisbane having the same access?
If you consider the recent announcements about Melbourne creating on port rail access with yards for marshalling the containers in and out of the port then I see why this is important for the inland rail project and for the competitiveness of Melbourne.
Does Botany not have the same ability to hold wagons near the port for access into the port by shunting?
Summary, two issues:
1. competitive access to the Port of Botany using rail over the blue mountains
2. How Brisbane and Melbourne are responding to this opportunity.
Currently I have not seen anything from Brisbane.
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