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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
76 TABLE 2: Corridor access to ports, airports and intermodal terminals Shipping Channels. Ensure that shipping channels serving all major ports are capable of serving the vessels of the size needed to carry our international trade efficiently. A National Ports Strategy has been developed. It provides a potential mechanism to ensure channel needs are identified in a timely way. COAG has requested the Infrastructure/Transport Ministerial Council to develop an associated implementation plan for the strategy. This should include firm and explicit commitments to ensure channel needs are identified and priorities considered in infrastructure budgets. Several shipping channel proposals are being assessed by IA, for example Oakajee. More should be anticipated. Identify Inter-Modal Terminal (IMT) Sites. Identify the sites for strategic development in all major cities and ensure that these sites are protected for future development. Raised by IA as an ongoing concern. Several proposals submitted to IA including Moorebank, Donnybrook, Bell Bay, Abbot Point, Port of Melbourne Freight Terminal and Smart Port ICT. Sydney Inter-Modal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA) proposal for Moorebank has been endorsed for action. The Commonwealth Government has allocated $70.7 million to complete the detailed planning of Moorebank. Staged redevelopment of the hub is expected to start in 2013. Protect Access Corridors. Define and protect the road and rail corridors to all significant ports and strategic IMTs. Against a background of poor freight access protection, corridor definition and protection is receiving positive attention through existing and developing national strategies. This includes the foreshadowed National Infrastructure Corridors Strategy, which needs to be developed as a priority. The Commonwealth’s National Urban Policy commits to requiring state planning and protection of economic infrastructure corridors, sites and buffers in order to be eligible for Commonwealth infrastructure funding. Concessional Limits. Implement a program of concessional limits for heavy road vehicles serving intermodal terminals to encourage the complementary use of road and rail modes. No systematic national approach to the provision of concessional limits for heavy vehicles serving intermodal terminals. This is an issue that could be progressed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Short Haul Rail. Develop short haul rail routes linking urban IMTs and container ports to allow efficient rail operation, including, where possible, freight-only tracks and provision for double stacking. IA has stressed the need for dedicated rail links and guaranteed access paths for short-haul rail freight in urban areas (i.e. port to terminal). This also requires clear planning of terminals and access reservations. Apart from planning surrounding Moorebank terminal and the Victorian freight plan, there appears to be little progress on this issue.