Monday, 14 Oct 2019
Friday, 25 Oct 2019



Commencing Sydney


Event Description:

"Stronger together"


Commencing in Sydney
14 October 2019 and ending in Melbourne on the 25 O

Dear Members,
CILT UK have invited interested members of CILT Australia to join them on their Rail Study Tour.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) is pleased to announce a major event in Australia which has been organised by the Railway Study Forum (RSF). It has been planned in conjunction with CILT-Australia.

A Study Visit is to take place between 14 and 25 October 2019 split evenly between Sydney and Melbourne.

An exciting programme has been arranged with the aim of learning about developments in rail, road, maritime and logistics in Australia and in particular in these two large cities.

Much is quietly happening there which will be of great interest to those looking to the future of land and maritime transport around the world. There will be plenty of opportunity to interact with transport managers, planners, engineers and operators, and it is especially hoped to encourage young professionals to participate. In some fields, Australia is a leading innovator in the world, and there could be great benefit in exchanging ideas and experiences across international boundaries.

The Programme
The full programme is scheduled over two weeks -

Sydney from 14 to 18 October:
Sunday 13 October: Initial Visit Briefing (21:30)
Monday 14 October: All-day Seminar at Clyde Hub, ‘Planning Transport for Passengers and Freight in New South Wales’.
Tuesday 15 October: Visit construction of Sydney Metro at Northwest and Central Station Sites, and Parramatta Light Rail Project.
Wednesday 16 October: Visit Transport Management Centre (TMC), Railway Operations Centre (ROC), Infrastructure Control Centre (ICON).
Thursday 17 October: Travel by train to Newcastle and visit the Hunter Valley Coal Chain (HVCC) and the city’s ‘Integrated Transport’.
Friday 18 October: Visit the ‘Secret Train Tunnels’, Barangaroo Delivery Authority and walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge (at street level!) with experts describing its history and maintenance. Special dinner aboard MV Captain Cook III sailing around Sydney Harbour, or other superior dinner event.
Saturday 19 October: (Optional) Travel by daytime XPT train from Sydney to Melbourne (optional).

Melbourne from 20 to 25 October

Sunday 20 October: (Optional) Travel by V/Line train to Castlemaine and then steam train to Maldon on the Victorian Goldfields Railway.
Monday 21 October: All-day Seminar at Melbourne University, ‘Planning Transport for Passengers and Freight in Victoria’.
Tuesday 22 October: Visit metro tunnels’ construction, VicRoads Transport Management Centre (TMC) and Port of Melbourne.
Wednesday 23 October: (Optional) Travel by V/Line train to Terang Station then bus along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.
Thursday 24 October: Visit Yarra Tram Depot with a special tram tour ending at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Friday 25 October: Travel by V/Line train to Ballarat, then visit Maxitrans and Alstom manufacturing plants. Optional visit (if time) to Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Township.

Notes on the Programme:
The programmes for the two seminars are not yet finalised but we are assured of a huge range of transport-related subjects with an Australian theme but in some cases global implications.

Topical subjects will likely include:

  • presentations on planning for high speed rail in Australia, Inland Railway (Freight) Project (Melbourne - Brisbane),
  • Metro Projects,
  • Parramatta Light Rail Project,
  • The rail link to Melbourne Airport,
  • Trams in Melbourne,
  • The opportunities presented by Road train technology, and the tortuous history of multiple track gauges across the country and their subsequent reconciliation.
  • Participants from the UK who are experts on topical subjects will also have the opportunity to give a presentation.

In Sydney there is a possibility that we may also be able to visit the Centre for Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and Central Station Clocktower.

The visit to the Hunter Valley Coal Chain will allow us to follow the movement of coal from various mines to the Port of Newcastle where it is loaded via a state-of-the-art material handling system onto ships bound for China. This is a massive undertaking using kilometre-long freight trains synchronised to arrive at the port with eight minute headways. The Port of Newcastle is the world’s largest coal export port.

Both Sydney and Melbourne have major metro construction programmes and we will be able to learn about their planning and see their construction.

The urban tram network in Melbourne is the largest in the world and we will be able to ride on new and old trams as well as visit their principal depot.

We will tour the Port of Melbourne by boat and see the largest container port in Australasia with 3000 ship visits per year. The Port handles an average of 7200 containers and 1200 new motor vehicles per day.

Road trains are unique to Australia and we will visit a road train trailer manufacturing facility (Maxitrans). We will also visit Alstom which will likely be manufacturing trams at the time of our visit.

Although we have done our best to consolidate a firm programme, it is possible there may be changes/substitutions especially with the infrastructure projects where we can only forecast what may be available in nine months’ time.

Accommodation (Optional)
We have managed to obtain very good rates at good hotels in both Sydney and Melbourne. In Sydney we shall be staying at the Great Southern Hotel (six nights) and in Melbourne at the brand-new Ibis Melbourne Central Hotel (seven nights) - both include breakfast.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The Study Visit has high value in professional development terms and CILT-A will award CPD points for many of the events.

Prices for Study Visit

The Study Visit has been priced at cost with no mark-up other than a small contingency. Australian residents may attend all events. Some of the general interest visits are described as optional to allow for those who may already be very familiar with them and not wish to repeat an experience.

Accommodation is optional. The full price includes six nights at the Great Southern Hotel in Sydney and seven nights at the Ibis Melbourne Central Hotel, both including breakfasts.

Prices do not include local public transport in Sydney and Melbourne. This is to cater for those who already have travel cards.

Partners are welcome and can participate in all of the activities. Indeed, it is hoped to arrange an appropriate programme in each city for partners which would have optional alternatives for some events.

Prices are available for single week attendance and also for add-on optional events (please ask for the latter).

Applications to Participate:

Please send a deposit of AUD$100 (or £60) per person by 22 February 2019, quoting your name(s), home address in Australia and email address, and stating which weeks you will attend and whether you will require accommodation.


Australian Member Pricing:

Without Accommodation:

AUD$830 Sydney and Melbourne
AUD$470 Sydney

AUD$420 Melbourne

With Accommodation (single):

AUD$2770 Sydney and Melbourne (13 nights)

AUD$1480 Sydney 6 nights
AUD$1450 Melbourne 7 nights

With Accommodation (double):

AUD$1930 Sydney and Melbourne (13 nights)
AUD$1060 Sydney 6 nights
AUD$1030 Melbourne 7 nights


Further details of your requirements (including options) will be requested at a later date. This deposit will only be taken and banked when the Study Visit is confirmed.

Please send above information as well as credit card number, expiry date and security number to:

If you have any questions or wish to make payments by phone instead of sending card details, please contact CILT-UK during UK working hours on: +44-1536-740290



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