A new intermodal terminal is proposed to be built in Melbourne to provide an efficient freight interface with the Inland Rail Freight Corridor at its southern end, and accommodate for the new double-stacked, 1,800-metre freight trains.
The 2018 to 2050 Victorian Freight Plan: Delivering the Goods named two sites that would serve as future interstate intermodal terminals for Melbourne. These were:
- the Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT) at Truganina, and
- the Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal (BIFT).
These terminals were expected to be capable of accommodating up to 3,600-metre long double-stacked freight trains. Of these two sites, the report identified the Western Interstate Freight Terminal as Victorian Government's preferred option to be developed first, and estimated its development timeline would align with the delivery of the Inland Rail project.
However, a final site or detailed business case for the intermodal terminal that would service Inland Rail project is yet to be confirmed.
|May 2021||Project Announced|
|The 2021-22 Federal Budget committed $2 billion as a contingent allocation for the terminal, with an additional $62 million allocated for planning and development. The Federal Budget left the option open for delivering the $2 billion commitment as an equity investment.|
|Jul 2018||The 2018 to 2050 Victorian Freight Plan: Delivering the Goods identified Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT) at Truganina and Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal (BIFT) as locations for potential future interstate freight terminals. The document further stated that the Victorian Government believed the WIFT should be developed first, and would align with the planned completion of Inland Rail Freight Corridor.|
|May 2021||The 2021-22 Federal Budget committed $2 billion as a contingent allocation for the terminal, with the option for the money being delivered as an ‘equity investment’. The Federal Budget expected the Victorian Government to match its $2 billion commitment. However, no further details were provided in the 2021-22 Victorian Budget. The Federal Government further allocated $62 million for planning and development of the terminal.|
Victorian Freight Plan