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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the Nationals

17 August 2007 131MV/2007 Joint

Joint Media Statement

The Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the Nationals

Tim Pallas

Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports

WORK BEGINS ON DYNON PORT RAIL LINK

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, and Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas, today turned the first sod on the Dynon Port Rail Link project.

Mr Vaile said the major AusLink transport project would significantly improve road and rail access to the Port of Melbourne.

"The initial $116 million package of work being undertaken by Leighton Contractors involves building a six-lane bridge to carry Footscray Road over new rail tracks, eliminating the notorious traffic bottleneck caused by the current level crossing. Another two level crossings will also be removed at Enterprise and Appleton Dock roads," Mr Vaile said.

"Without the overpass and extra rail capacity that this project can deliver, peak-hour traffic on Footscray Road would queue past Appleton Dock Road and the number of trains accessing the port would ultimately need to be capped," Mr Vaile said.

In later phases of the project, the existing single track rail line will also be relocated and replaced with two new dual gauge rail lines into the Port of Melbourne from the Dynon terminal precinct. This will deliver uninterrupted 24-hour rail access to the Port of Melbourne.

Mr Pallas said that the first stage of work involved building a new outbound bridge and installing a new intersection for access to the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market.

"From October, traffic conditions on Footscray Road will be altered to allow for bridge construction works. Three traffic lanes will operate in each direction, and a concrete barrier will be placed along Footscray Road to separate traffic lanes until early 2009," he said.

"For the safety of drivers and road construction workers, a 60 km/h speed limit will operate along the length of Footscray Road."

Mr Pallas urged motorists to comply with speed limits and road work signs while these works were undertaken to ensure efficient road and rail access to the Port of Melbourne.

Mr Vaile said the Australian Government and Government-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) were funding several major rail projects between Tottenham and the Port of Melbourne under AusLink, the National Land Transport Plan.

Other projects include the Tottenham to West Footscray project and Brooklyn Sunshine triangle project. The Tottenham to West Footscray project alone will more than double the capacity of this section of track, providing key access to Melbourne's port area and main rail freight terminal, from five to 12 trains per hour.

The Australian Government is contributing $110 million to the project, with additional funding to be provided by the Victorian Government and the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

"This project - due for completion in 2009 - will help national and state freight movements at the largest container port in Australia and ease transport bottlenecks," Mr Vaile said.

For further information on the project contact railprojectenquiries@doi.vic.gov.au or www.doi.

vic.gov.au

Media Contacts

Tim Langmead ( Mr Vaile's Office ) 0421 584 990

Claire Miller ( Mr Pallas' Office ) 0409 509 677

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