Port Rail Shuttle

By reducing truck numbers on roads, alleviating congestion around the inner city and making rail freight cheaper the Port Rail Shuttle Network (PRSN) is an opportunity to make a real difference to how short-haul rail freight moves around Melbourne.

A $58 million government initiative, including $38 million from the Commonwealth Government and $20 million from the Victorian Government, will see us leverage public land to encourage investment from the private sector in new rail connections and terminals.

The PRSN aims to enable an efficient and cost-effective alternative to road transport for the 87 per cent of import containers that travel to destinations less than 50 kilometres from the port gate.

This will see trucks deliver or pick up containers from the outer metropolitan rail terminals instead of traversing the city to the port.

Grants have been allocated to Austrak, Salta and SCT Logistics to connect their respective facilities at Somerton, Dandenong South and Altona to the existing rail network.

It’s anticipated these new rail connections will enable port rail shuttles to progressively commence running from 2022.

By 2050, the PRSN is expected to move 30 per cent of Melbourne’s containers by rail, avoiding millions of truck trips on roads each year.