Port of Melbourne Awards Rail Infrastructure Contracts
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.
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 will 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 commence in July. The project is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2023.
Key elements of the Port Rail Transformation Project are:
• integrated Port of Melbourne provision of port rail land and assets - Port of Melbourne is restructuring the port rail land and asset commercial arrangements for leaseholders within the Swanson Dock East Precinct to provide rail land and assets on the same basis it provides wharf and road land and assets.
• new rail terminal capacity - development of a new rail terminal at Swanson Dock East. This terminal will interface with the Swanson Dock East International Container Terminal and will provide a lower cost transfer of containers between rail and ships.
• improved rail terminal operation arrangements and transparency - new working arrangements between Port of Melbourne and Rail Terminal Operators at most current and all future port rail terminals. This encourages market competition between rail terminals and increases transparency.