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BESTUFS II national seminar in Australia, 11th March 2008


BESTUFS National Seminar on Urban Freight


11th March 2008


Department of Infrastructure Theatrette, Level 5
121 Exhibition St


Melbourne 11th March 2008

A total of 31 persons participated in the National seminar held at the Department of Infrastructure, Victorian Government in Melbourne on 11th March 2008. A wide range of organizations were represented including, local government, consultants and academics.

Major Themes

A major theme was the application of new technologies, both for vehicles (eg. performance based systems and network management (eg. information and communication technologies). There was growing interest by the federal government with National Transport Commission (NTC) and Transport Certification Australia becoming more actively involved in urban freight.


An overview of the BESUFS and BESTUFS II projects as well as summary of the good practice guide was presented. The Good Practice Guide was distributed and was well received.

The recently produced National Transport plan was presented including a description of the desired outcomes in areas relevant to urban freight. The Intelligent Access Program (IAP), a compliance monitoring scheme that allows improved access to the road network using telematics was introduced. A description of how Performance Based Standards (PBS) can increase productivity in urban areas and reduce the community exposure to freight vehicles was given.

An overview of the development and application of the Melbourne urban freight model that is being used to assist in planning new infrastructure projects such an intermodal terminals was also presented. A summary of initiatives being undertaken in New South Wales, including a number of intermodal and container movement studies was also presented.


There was strong interest in the BESTUFS project as well as establishing a national "best practice" network in Australia. The need for national leadership on urban freight was highlighted.

It was acknowledged that there is growing community concern over emissions, noise and congestion caused by trucks. Issues such as, how to integration of government planning, policy making were raised.

Concern about the predicted growth in the Port of Melbourne and the associated increase in freight vehicles operating in inner Melbourne. There is an increasing interest in how urban rail maybe able to reduce the impact of freight in major urban areas such as Sydney and Melbourne.


11th March 2008
10:00 - 11:00Overview of the BESTUFS Project
Russell G. Thompson, The University of Melbourne
  Portable Document File Download
11:00 - 11:30Morning Tea
11:30 - 12:00Modelling Urban Freight
Fotios Spiridonos, Manager Transport Modelling, Department of Infrastructure, Victoria
  Portable Document File Download
12:00 - 12:30Performance Based Standards
Kim Hassall, Raptour Institute
  Portable Document File Download
12:30 - 13:00Innovative Approaches in Brisbane
Les Brusza, Department of Transport, Queensland
  Portable Document File Download
13:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 14:30Intelligent Access Program
Charles Karl, Manger Major Projects, Transport Certification Australia
  Portable Document File Download
14:30 - 15:00Urban Freight Initiatives at NTC
Chris Egger, Senior Policy Analyst, National Transport Commission
  Portable Document File Download
15:00 - 15:30Afternoon Tea
15:30 - 16:00Best Practice in New South Wales
Graeme Sargent, Freight and Logistics Council of NSW
  Portable Document File Download
16:00 - 17:00Workshop on Establishing a Special Interest Group
Oz Kayak, The University of Melbourne