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Queensland Rail (QR) will begin repairing a collapsed outback rail bridge next month which has hamstrung cattle farmers. The Darr River rail bridge, between Winton and Longreach, collapsed in February while workers were trying to repair storm damage.
The cattle industry in western Queensland was expecting to move 80,000 to 90,000 head of cattle out of Winton by rail this season but the closure of the bridge has meant that they are being transported to meatworks and the capital by trucks, which is more costly and time consuming.
Liberal National Party (LNP) MP Vaughan Johnson said maintenance of QR's coal lines has been taking precedence over agriculture links. He said QR has told him it won't be fixed until July but he would work to expedite the process. QR defended how long it has taken for action.
A spokeswoman said the company was working as quickly and safely as possible and over the last three months had gathered geotechnical data, launched a tender process, and bought materials. "Given the nature of the damage, extensive work has to be carried out," a spokeswoman said in a statement.
It would award a contract for the job next week with construction starting next month.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/qr-to-begin-fixing-rail-bridge-next-month-20120423-1xgl6.html#ixzz1sqq43jv0
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