Mildura roads will fail export growth, inquiry told

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 17 Dec 2020 13:40
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I am aware we have discussed this in the past and the MBRP was designed to address the demand from customers who need access to reliable and cost efficient transport solutions.  This just does not seem to resonate with V/Line who have a seriously poor record in track and infrastructure management.

Representatives of the horticulture industry told the inquiry the cost of transporting fruit, especially around the Mildura region, continued to be a significant issue.

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) said about half its fruit was transported by road and half by rail but, with the growth in exports expected within five years, the roads would not have capacity to move the additional freight. The inquiry was told the speed limit of a road near Robinvale had been dropped due to the quantity of trucks using it.

The ATGA said that, ideally, 80 per cent of its fruit would be moved by rail. Citrus Australia similarly questioned the adequacy of transport infrastructure in the Mildura region, noting: "It is currently more expensive to freight goods by road from Mildura to Melbourne than it is to ship from Melbourne to Tokyo."
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It is clear to anyone there are serious issues with the way V/Line are making access available in regional areas and Freight Victoria does not seem to be on the ball either.

I have expressed my concerns about the urgent need for the BG track to Robinvale to be placed back into services and intermodal being established at that location with the amount of trucks being in the area and carting south to Melbourne.

Mildura roads will fail export growth, inquiry told

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  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Yet another for the 'NEWS' Forum.

Why are these storm in a teacup reports constantly posted here in a new thread when the maximum replies they will generate is around three....then they die a death.

M.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
I have expressed my concerns about the urgent need for the BG track to Robinvale to be placed back into services and intermodal being established at that location with the amount of trucks being in the area and carting south to Melbourne.

Mildura roads will fail export growth, inquiry told
bevans
bevans, I've already banned you from installing an intermodal at or near Robinvale, there is an Excellent one already at Ultima, why not support that and add to it's volume.

Also again, you cannot have an intermodal on every cross road in the state.

BigShunter.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have expressed my concerns about the urgent need for the BG track to Robinvale to be placed back into services and intermodal being established at that location with the amount of trucks being in the area and carting south to Melbourne.

Mildura roads will fail export growth, inquiry told
bevans, I've already banned you from installing an intermodal at or near Robinvale, there is an Excellent one already at Ultima, why not support that and add to it's volume.

Also again, you cannot have an intermodal on every cross road in the state.

BigShunter.
BigShunter

A rail connected industrial park at Robinvale is what is required.  SCT operation.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Why do we think of this as intermodal?

Warehousing with rail connections to the warehouse is really what is needed at these places.  The produce comes in and is stored and then when required wagons are loaded to delivered.
  Richard stroker Junior Train Controller

I totally agree with bevans , a train line to every farm so road transport is not needed , force sct to open up in Robinvale. Don't worry about China's attitude to our exports and assume volumes will keep growing.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Also if you read the article it says the legacy network is crap for siding lengths and placement. I dont think adding in a random intermodal terminal on the hopes of being used would help.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Why do we think of this as intermodal?

Warehousing with rail connections to the warehouse is really what is needed at these places.  The produce comes in and is stored and then when required wagons are loaded to delivered.
NSWGR8022

You didn't read the article did you? It's mainly about exports.

The World is intermodal. If you want to export anything other than bulk products you put it in containers - otherwise forget it. Warehousing just adds another cost to the equation.

Yeah we all know it comes down to the World vs the geniuses in Australia yada yada yada.

It's also hilarious that others are blaming V/Line's for the fact the local road aren't up to standard to carry more trucks.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Of course, as even DD707 would note, the roads were fine until they went narrow...sorry, standard gauge.

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