Port of Melbourne to cut freight density by 40 per cent from 20,000 vehicles to 15,000 cars as part of ‘urban-only’ strategy
The Port of Victoria has announced a 40 per-cent reduction in vehicle-based freight density for its freight terminal at the Port of Ballarat.
The decision, announced by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, will come into effect on February 1.
The decision follows a similar move by Victoria in 2015.
The changes, announced on Monday, will be phased in from 2019, and will see freight volumes reduced by 30 per cent.
According to the department, the decision was prompted by the city’s “increasing urban-only demand”.
“The Port of Canberra has a population of 1.8 million, and the Port in Sydney is also growing at an exponential rate.
The Port and Sydney are the only ports that are currently in a ‘urban mode’, meaning they require more space and are more heavily used by businesses and other users,” a spokesman said.”
We know that these changes will help to alleviate some of these pressures on freight volumes and help the Port meet its targets to become a more sustainable place to do business.”
The changes come as the Port continues to explore the option of building a freight terminal on land, which would create more opportunities for both local residents and visitors.
The announcement comes after the Port recently announced that it had entered into an agreement with the City of Brisbane to develop a new CBD rail station.
The City is expected to be awarded $1.1 billion in public funds over 20 years for the construction of the new railway station.
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