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FREIGHT companies in Tocumwal, Horsham, Warrnambool and Mildura will share in $10 million to shift freight onto rail.
Public transport minister Terry Mulder said the six companies which shared the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme funding, have committed to moving 50,000 containers in and out of the Port of Melbourne by rail instead of road.
Mr Mulder said the scheme was a ``major boost to rail freight''.
"This new initiative increases the mode shift commitment to six companies from four under a previous program, greatly increasing the number of containers being moved by rail and encouraging competition," Mr Mulder said.
"This is a big win for rural communities across Victoria and will significantly reduce the number of trucks on local roads and regional highways."
The companies which have received funding are Patrick Container, Regional Port Enterprises, Wimmera Container Line, Qube Holdings, Wettenhall and Iron Horse Intermodal.
This article first appeared on www.weeklytimesnow.com.au
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