With the first stage of the Dynon port rail link project
completed, the outbound lanes of the new Footscary Road overpass will open to traffic this weekend.
Victorian roads and ports minister Tim Pallas announced the level crossing on Appleton Dock Road will be removed when the newly constructed overpass is opened to traffic.
The project is to separate road and rail access to the Port of Melbourne
, reducing congestion on Footscary Road and enhancing safety at a major road and rail bottleneck.
“Currently the Port’s only rail access is via a single dual-gauge track crossing Footscray Road. This project will see the existing rail line relocated and replaced with two new dual gauge rail lines into the Port of Melbourne from the Dynon terminal precinct,” Mr Pallas said.
“The extra rail capacity and traffic overpass will increase the amount of freight that can be carried directly to the port, helping to secure Melbourne’s position as the largest and most efficient container port in Australia.”
Mr Pallas said with the Channel Deepening Project
progressing well, it was essential that the appropriate landside infrastructure was in place to support freight movement.
“Work will now commence on stage two of the Dynon port rail link project, which will involve construction of the new city-bound bridge on Footscray Road,” he said.
The city-bound bridge is expected to be opened to traffic in early 2009.