New rail hub for Wodonga as Victorian rail freight expansion gets $39m investment

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 18 Dec 2015 09:59
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Yeah but it shouldn't be government's responsibility to build terminals i think.  Especially if there is no demand.  What would be worse, an unbuilt terminal that could exist, or a built terminal that has no demand (Ie white elephant)??

The SCT and Horsham experience proves to me that inland terminals work.  Consider Fletchers at Dubbo and Albury Terminal.  All busy.
bevans
Yeah but all built buy rail operators as part of an integrated solution, not as an open access terminal.

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  Inland_Sailor Junior Train Controller

The SCT and Horsham experience proves to me that inland terminals work.  Consider Fletchers at Dubbo and Albury Terminal.  All busy.
But apparently not so for Bendigo!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The SCT and Horsham experience proves to me that inland terminals work.  Consider Fletchers at Dubbo and Albury Terminal.  All busy.
But apparently not so for Bendigo!
Inland_Sailor

Well they are trying and would probably benefit from some ALP support as Victrack were against them and there is of course the market for this terminal.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Sorry for the late reply, the site manager at Barnawatha states they are flat out, with freights to and from Brisbane (4 per week), Perth, Melbourne and a shuttle to Melbourne docks.
@woodford is that 4 per week each way or 2/week each way = 4?

BG
BrentonGolding
SCT has 5 trains per week each way stopping in at Barnawatha, ie 10 trains per week, stopping time is between 1 to 1.5 hours, always at night.

Ref: latest ARTC working timetable.

woodford
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Yeah but it shouldn't be government's responsibility to build terminals i think.  Especially if there is no demand.  What would be worse, an unbuilt terminal that could exist, or a built terminal that has no demand (Ie white elephant)??

The SCT and Horsham experience proves to me that inland terminals work.  Consider Fletchers at Dubbo and Albury Terminal.  All busy.
Yeah but all built buy rail operators as part of an integrated solution, not as an open access terminal.
james.au
The problem appears to be the "governement" (either party) has lost the plot entirely. The Logistcs centre wanted rail access to there site from almost when it was built. In fact its one of the reasons why the centre was sited where it is. The state did nothing for many years and appears to have left it almost entirely to a private concern, so one cannot blame them for making it a closed shop.

Given that an intergrated terminal is working well serving an area of not very high levels of population, one will surely see more of these from forward thinking companies like SCT.

woodford

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