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VTA backs supply chain connectivity

  • Posted on Thursday 10th, May 2018.

To capitalise on the economic prosperity generated by ports there needs to be increased focus on connecting the various moving parts of road transport, rail and shipping, according to the Victorian Transport Association (VTA).

Addressing the VTA Port Outlook seminar yesterday, VTA CEO, Peter Anderson, pointed to the population growth of Victoria, which was leading the nation. As a state it was also seeing exponential growth of online sales of consumer goods from offshore.

“Future growth of our ports and channels depends so much on continued improvement and productivity, and in Melbourne the disconnect between intermodal is a problem we need to solve for our supply chains to be efficient, lean and smooth,”  said Anderson.

“We need to strive for better connectivity where trucks, trains and ships interface," he said.

Anderson said there was a role to play for governments. He pointed to the Port Rail Shuttle servicing the Port of Melbourne and reducing pressure on the road network.

Delegates gathered at the Royal Motor Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown heard addresses made from DP World Australia, the Port of Melbourne, and Victorian Regional Channels Authority among others. Anderson said it was incumbent upon planners for future projects such as the Fishermans Bend Precinct to factor in growth and the operators who rely on existing freight routes servicing the port.

The VTA has objected to a proposed bike path down Lorimer Street on the grounds that the gazetted freight route for trucks would be adversely affected by encouraging more bicycle traffic.

“Whatever is built there has massive implications for the Port of Melbourne and the operators that service it,” said Anderson.

In contrast, he said work commencing on the West Gate Tunnel was a cause for optimism. He claimed the new route would provide better truck access to the Port which would help improve infrastructure and community amenity in the inner west, where the VTA has worked to make gains on road curfews, as a trade-off against better trained drivers and more efficient heavy vehicles.

“All of us are equal shareholders in the future of our ports, and with open discussion, clear-thinking and a can-do attitude, we can all reap the benefits of the better efficiencies and productivity that is possible,” said Anderson.

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