The Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) is forging ahead, with another milestone achieved with the official naming of a new permanent two-way, two-lane road connecting Dock Link Road and Mullaly Close/Coode Road.
The new road has been named Intermodal Way, and is a reflection of the integration of maritime, rail and road freight modes which all converge at the port to seamlessly move the vital cargo which supports the operation of our communities, State and the nation.
Upon its completion in November 2022, this new road will provide an uninterrupted connection for movement of containers between Dock Link Road and the wider port area. This new road also facilitates the closure of a section of Coode Road between Dock Link Road and Phillips Road.
PRTP involves the development and construction of a new rail terminal interfacing with the Swanson Dock East International Container Terminal. The rail terminal will include two new sidings that can handle 600-metre long trains. Common user rail infrastructure will also be upgraded.
“We have invested over $125m in the project, and it shows our commitment in meeting the growing demand for better rail freight solutions,” said Saul Cannon, Chief Executive Officer.
“The project will see more containers moved by rail more efficiently, by-passing roads in inner Melbourne.”
There will be a two-phased implementation of these permanent changes to Coode Road. Between July to November 2022, there will be a temporary diversion connecting Dock Link Road to Coode Road to enable the works to be safely undertaken. From November 2022, the new Intermodal Way is expected to be open and the section of Coode Road between Dock Link Road and Phillips Road will be closed. Port users are requested to observe traffic management and signage which will be in place during this period.
More information on road changes can be found on our works notice.
For more information go to our PRTP project page.