The Andrews Government has shelved the Port-Rail Shuttle project, which would see up to 3500 trucks removed from our local streets every day for just $58 million dollars in rail investment from the government. Sign this petition to tell them to stop delaying and get on with it!
The Port-Rail Shuttle project would create a rail connection between the Port of Melbourne to three inland ports at Somerton in the north, Altona in the west, and Lyndhurst to the south-east of Melbourne.
The benefits of this rail connection would be that it would:
- reduce the average number of trucks entering and exiting the Port each day by up to 48%
- reduce diesel use and carbon emissions by up to 17%
- reduce the cost of delivery off-port by 20%
- and increase the port capacity by 65%.
Given all these benefits, it is absolutely outrageous that the Andrews Government has put this rail project on ice. Join me in calling on the government to urgently proceed with the port-rail shuttle project!
Dear Premier Dan Andrews,
For many years the people of Yarraville, Seddon and Footscray have put up with the pollution, noise and road safety risks of having thousands of massive container trucks destined for the port rumbling down their local streets every day and the situation is only getting worse.
Further, the climate pollution from our transport sector continues to grow year on year, with little action taken by the government to address it.
That’s why I am deeply disappointed that the Victorian Government has shelved the Port-Rail Shuttle Project.
This project would not only take thousands of trucks off our local streets every day, it would reduce congestion and pollution, and have many economic benefits. Further, this project will cost just $58 million and it is already budgeted for.
Please commence the tender process for construction of this project as soon as possible for the health and wellbeing of local residents and for the good of all Victorians and our environment.