Freight scheme delivered further funding

By Country News

The Victorian Government is getting more freight onto rail and more trucks off local roads, with an extension of the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme.

Freight Minister Melissa Horne announced a further $4 million boost to the scheme, which will extend it until June 30, 2021.

More than $20 million has been invested in the scheme over the past five years, which has removed the equivalent of 28 000 truck trips off Victorian roads annually.

The scheme provides support to rail freight companies to make rail transport costs competitive with road freight, and allows exporters to get their goods to port sooner.

Freight Minister Melissa Horne said the scheme would benefit the community by getting trucks off roads which locals use every day.

“We’re moving more freight more efficiently and keeping our state connected by reducing rail costs and making it easier to get Victorian products to our ports,” she said.

The MSIS is one of many projects to get more freight onto rail, including the Port Rail Shuttle and new intermodal terminals planned at Truganina and Beveridge.