Freight Rail

Port of Melbourne awards rail infrastructure contracts

Port of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke says rail investment is a key component of its 30-year development strategy.

THE Port of Melbourne’s Port Rail Transformation Project continues to progress, with the awarding of two key contracts for new rail infrastructure at the port.

WSP and Seymour Whyte Constructions have been engaged to develop new rail infrastructure at the port, including a new rail terminal interfacing with the container terminal at Swanson Dock East.

WSP is to provide the design consultancy services, and Seymour Whyte Constructions the early contractor involvement.

The Port Rail Transformation Project is an investment by the Port of Melbourne of more than $125m for the total project and provides a new operating environment and infrastructure to help move more freight off trucks and onto rail and to make our regional rail supply chains more efficient.

Site investigations will be underway in March 2021 with construction planned to start in July. The project is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2023.

Port of Melbourne CEO, Brendan Bourke, said despite the challenges of COVID-19, the port is committed to its 30-year development strategy, including investing in rail.

“Our 30year Port Development Strategy provides a clear plan to meet and enable sustainable trade growth over the long term. The PRTP is an important part of this plan.

“As Australia’s largest container and general cargo port, it’s critical that we maintain a long-term investment view so that we continue to meet the freight needs of Victoria and south east Australia. We are excited to be working with WSP and Seymour Whyte Constructions on the development of the PRTP,” he said.

In October 2020, Port of Melbourne and Patrick reached an agreement to build the Coode Road Terminal. Patrick Terminals CEO, Michael Jovicic said “I am pleased to confirm Patrick’s continued investment in port rail capacity. Our contribution to the Port Rail Transformation Project will help drive more efficient movement of rail volumes in line with broader policy to support modal shift.”