VicTrack interested in developing new truck service centre

Victorian government agency, VicTrack, has invited interest in developing the former Melbourne Fish Market site on Footscray Road in West Melbourne. The development of a truck service centre in Melbourne’s port precinct is one step closer with expressions of interest now being sought.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to respond to the needs of Victoria’s growing freight industry in and around the Port of Melbourne,” Terry Mulder, Minister for Public Transport, said.

“The proposed truck service centre will be the only facility of its type in the port precinct and will include truck parking, driver amenities and ancillary retail activities.”

According to Mulder, the former Melbourne Fish Market building has now been demolished to prepare the site for its new use as a truck service centre, with development of the facility expected to be completed by mid-2014.

“Given the high volume of traffic on Footscray Road, the 2.7 hectare site is a logical place for this type of facility. Importantly, the centre will allow truck drivers to take a decent break to help make sure they manage fatigue at the wheel,” Mulder said.

“It will also provide an area for trucks to park while waiting to enter the port, removing the need to line up along Footscray Road.”

VicTrack, owner of the land, acquired the site due to its strategic location within the Melbourne ports and the Dynon rail freight precinct to enable the provision of services that will enhance the safety of the transport logistics activities connected to the precinct.

VicTrack is a government rail business that provides property, telecommunication and other rail-related services to the transport sector. Following agreement with the Port of Melbourne, VicTrack will operate the temporary truck stop on Footscray Road until the permanent facility is in operation.

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