Freight in the CIS

From YCAT: East West Link Comprehensive Impact Statement Submission
Jump to: navigation, search

Searching for "freight" in the CIS produces many references:

As is common in the CIS, it is more of a sales brochure (Selling the Freight Benefits) than an impact statement (outlining the impacts, especially on local communities).

Many of the points below are replicated in other parts of the document and I have tried to avoid incidental mentions of works and route impacts of places with "freight" in their name of description.

Contents

[edit] Critical element in a suite of high priority and inter-related infrastructure projects

The Government sees the East West Link as a critical element in a suite of high priority and inter-related infrastructure projects, including the Port of Melbourne Capacity Enhancement project, Melbourne Airport Expansion, Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, M80 Ring Road Upgrade, Port of Hastings redevelopment, Western Interstate Freight Terminal, Dandenong Rail Capacity Project and the Removing Level Crossings program.
Linking Melbourne Authority | East West Link – Eastern Section | Comprehensive Impact Statement Executive summary Page 2

[edit] Improving travel reliability for road freight

The East West Link – Eastern Section would deliver a number of broader transport benefits, both as a stand-alone project and as part of the full East West Link:
• Improving travel reliability for road freight, particularly to and from the Port of Melbourne
4 of 7 ibid Page 15

[edit] Freight and commercial traffic

Transport benefits from the project
For motorists
• An increase in travel choices, with a new east- west route option available for commuters, freight and commercial traffic
1 of 1 in 3 x 3 ibid Page 16

[edit] Providing high capacity connections to major freight destinations

The project’s potential economic benefits include:
• Investment benefits: Reducing reliance on the M1 corridor would give business greater certainty about travel reliability and transport operating costs when making investment decisions.
• Freight benefits: Providing high capacity connections to major freight destinations would improve the efficiency of freight movements, with flow-on productivity benefits.
3 & 4 of 5 ibid Page 17

[edit] Reliable east-west route for freight

Other traffic benefits include:
• An alternative, reliable east-west route for freight
4 of 5 ibid Page 23

[edit] Improving the capacity and efficiency of Victoria’s freight networks

The East West Link aims to meet the following objectives:
• Improving the capacity and efficiency of Victoria’s freight networks
2 of 12 ibid Chapter 1 – Introduction Page 3

[edit] Increasing over-reliance on the M1 corridor to move freight

increasing over-reliance on the M1 corridor to move freight
start of 1 of 8 ibid Chapter 2 – Benefits for Victoria and Melbourne Page 2

[edit] Vital element in the long-term planning and development of Victoria’s freight network

The East West Link would be a vital element in the long-term planning and development of Victoria’s freight network, with a particular role to play in:
• Providing a core component of Victoria’s network for High Productivity Freight Vehicles
• Reducing congestion, freight dwell times and bottlenecks along key parts of the national land freight network
• Connecting key freight nodes/centres and corridors along the national network.
ibid Page 4

[edit] Provide significant improvement in cross-city traffic movements and freight flows

Plan Melbourne acknowledges that the full East West Link will ‘fix a major gap in our freeway network and provide significant improvement in cross-city traffic movements and freight flows.’
ibid Page 7

[edit] The Freight State

Victoria – The Freight State
ibid Page 7-8
Referencing
Victorian Government (2013), Victoria – The Freight State, Victorian Government, Melbourne, Victoria, accessed 12 September 2013 :http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/freight/freight-projects-and-initiatives/victorian-freight-and-logistics-plan

[edit] Improving and freight and logistics movements

Local policies
Four municipalities would be directly affected by the project.
Reducing traffic congestion and through traffic (especially freight movements) in residential areas
Improving and freight and logistics movements (including connections to the Port of Melbourne) to support economic activity and maintain Melbourne’s status as a major freight and logistics hub
1 and 7 of 9 ibid Page 8-10

[edit] Improving travel reliability for road freight, particularly to and from the Port of Melbourne

The East West Link – Eastern Section would deliver a number of broader transport benefits, both as a stand-alone project and as part of the full East West Link:
Improving travel reliability for road freight, particularly to and from the Port of Melbourne
(For motorists)
• An increase in travel choices, with a new east-west route option available for commuters, freight and commercial traffic
4 of 6 and 1 of 1 in 3 x 3 ibid Page 11

[edit] Providing high capacity connections to major freight destinations

• Freight benefits: Providing high capacity connections to major freight destinations (including the Port of Melbourne, Melbourne Airport, Avalon Airport and freight distribution precincts) would improve the efficiency of freight movements, with flow-on productivity benefits.
4 of 6 ibid 13

[edit] CityLink

CityLink
CityLink is a vital piece of Melbourne’s transport network, allowing connections with the M1 corridor, the Calder Freeway and the Tullamarine Freeway. The project’s connections with CityLink would improve access to Melbourne Airport for businesses and residents within the region. It would also improve access to the Port of Melbourne for businesses needing to move freight to and from the Port.
Chapter 5 – Project region and precincts Page 4

[edit] Enhance the capacity and efficiency of Melbourne’s freight network

Port of Melbourne
A significant objective of the East West Link is to enhance the capacity and efficiency of Melbourne’s freight network and provide increased access and connectivity to the Port of Melbourne. The project’s Port connection (Part B) would provide this enhanced access for businesses across the region, as well as offering an attractive alternative route for heavy vehicle traffic.
op cit

[edit] Business benefits

Business benefits
Better access for businesses in the north and east to freight networks and distribution centres, advanced business services in central Melbourne and a larger pool of skilled workers.
3 of 3 ibid Page 9

[edit] Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport
The demand for air freight is also growing. The airport now handles 350,000 tonnes of air freight each year, more than 30 per cent of Australia’s air freight market. In the coming years, the airport will serve even more passengers, move even more freight and support even more flights.
op cit

[edit] Businesses relying on efficient transport and freight movements

6.2.3 Identifying stakeholders
Businesses relying on efficient transport and freight movements, as well as organisations playing an advocacy role in Melbourne’s economic development, have also indicated their strong interest in the project.
Chapter 6 – Stakeholder and community engagement Page 4

[edit] The M1 corridor is a critical freight route

Reliance on the M1 corridor
The M1 corridor is a critical freight route, with around 22 per cent of vehicles in the CityLink tunnels and 15 per cent of vehicles crossing the West Gate Bridge being commercial freight movements. The M1 corridor is also the preferred route for north to south-east freight movements because alternative arterial routes involve start-stop conditions at numerous intersections.
Chapter 7 – Traffic and transport Page 5

[edit] Improved freight connections

Improved freight connections
The project would provide an alternative east-west route connecting to the Port of Melbourne and Melbourne Airport. Designed and constructed to freeway standard, the connection to the Port would dramatically improve connectivity for freight vehicles travelling to the north eastern areas of Melbourne and provide an alternative to the Monash Freeway for freight traffic.
Overall, the travel time savings offered by the project are anticipated to deliver substantial improvements in the efficient movement of freight around Melbourne and to and from major freight destinations and gateways.
ibid Pages 41-42

[edit] An alternative east-west route for freight

The main traffic benefits offered by the project are:
• An alternative east-west route for freight
5 of 7 ibid Page 44

[edit] VicRoads, together with freight planners within DTPLI

Table 18-1
Addressing the Transport Integration Act 2010
1 Principle of integrated decision- making
VicRoads, together with freight planners within DTPLI, has provided support and guidance to the development of the project, particularly with respect to the broader metropolitan road network, the Melbourne, Victorian and national land freight networks and Victoria’s freight challenges and solutions.
Chapter 18 – Meeting our obligations Page 3

[edit] Improve travel reliability for road freight movements

18.4.1 Evaluation objective 1 – Transport connectivity
It would also improve travel reliability for road freight movements, particularly to and from the Port of Melbourne and Melbourne Airport.
3 of 7 (part) ibid Page 6