One thing that really gives me the pip about some Rail & PT advocates is their completely blinkered opinions.
Opinions that are so singularly focused that they have crossed over into the irrational.
Even if the government provided a world's best rail network for both passengers and freight, there would still be a need for a National Highway network linking all of our capital cities.
Yes, I do think more needs to be done to entice freight back to rail, but the rail industry itself is its own worst enemy at times. Some of the larger rail freight operators can't even keep the traffic they have without losing it road, let alone enticing new traffic to the tracks.
And as others have said, where is the rail lobby? Who is out there pushing the governments to do more from a rail freight perspective? The only group that seem to get any attention are the counter-productive dribblers from the RRA who are almost certainly doing the cause more damage than good.
Why aren't the rail freight operators getting together to publicly lobby the state government for a better deal with network access fees? Or the Federal government for that matter? I mean, this is what the road operators do, and it has been proven to work for them, so why don't the rail operators do something similar?
Is it possible that the rail freight operators have just become lazy?
No, instead by all means, just bash Dan Andrews around a bit more. After all, 3AW and the Herald Sun have turned it into a sport, why shouldn't we participate?