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Railpage has been provided with information concerning the development of the skyrail above ground rail line construction on the Dandenong corridor. Development of the above ground 2 track system is progressing at various points along the line between Caulfield and Dandenong however new information regarding glaring limitations on train weight restrictions has now surfaced.
Railpage has received information the current design of the above ground system will not support the weight of freight trains between Melbourne and Gippsland requiring freight to be removed from the line. Containers are currently railed between the Port of Melbourne and Morwell by Qube Logistics. It is believed if the current design with limitations is allowed to continue, freight trains will be required to terminate at Dandenong and containers placed on trucks for the journey to and from the port. This situation is likely to lead to freight services on the Gippsland corridor being unviable economically placing thousands of additional truck journey's on our road network. The additional heavy truck movements would increase the risk of collisions and increase road maintenance costs to the taxpayer.
Railpage believes if the design limitations are indeed correct, the Skyrail project on the Dandenong corridor will sound the death knell for rail freight development no a large portion of the state.
Railpage has written to the Level Crossing Removal Authority requesting clarification on the issue but is yet to receive a response.
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