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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved a plan for longer, more efficient trains on the Hunter's coal chain network.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has amended pricing for coal producers to encourage them to utilise the longer trains.
In its submission Xstrata backed the variation saying the rail network is under severe strain with insufficient track capacity being a major constraint.
ACCC Commissioner Joe Dimasi says pricing has been set for trains with almost 100 wagons.
"The 96 wagon is the efficient reference service," he said.
"Of course it's up to the users to use shorter or even longer trains if they think that that's worthwhile but the pricing will be based on that configuration of trains as the efficient train."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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