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The WA Farmers Federation hopes the Government's decision to keep tier three rail lines operating for a further 12 months will mean a brighter future for the transport of grain by rail.
The rail lines were due to be shut this month but an agreement has been reached between the Government, the grain handler CBH and the rail operator, Brookfield to keep the lines open until next October.
Alan Hill from the WA Farmers Federation hopes lines stay open even longer.
"I think it recognises what industry has been saying for sometime and that is the real value of keeping grain on the rail system," Mr Hill said.
The Opposition's Transport spokesman, Ken Travers, says the Government is just trying to buy time ahead of next year's election.
"It clearly doesn't do that, the issue is still there," he said.
Both Labor and WA Farmers want rail transport for grain to continue because they say it is a safer method of transport and keeps grain trucks off roads.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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