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GRAIN would move faster by horse and cart than on some trains, based on the current rail freight network, says the Victorian Farmers Federation.
The VFF Grains Group wants approvals for more roads to carry bigger trucks — including A-Doubles and B-Triples — to improve efficiency between paddock and port.
“We need more roads to be approved for high productivity vehicles,” VFF Grains group president Ross Johns said.
Mr Johns made the comments as he criticised the state’s rail freight network.
“There are multiple parts of rail track — at least three parts between Murtoa and Hopetoun — where the line is down to 15km/h ... you can cart grain with a horse and cart faster than that,” he said.
Last week, V/Line announced it was reducing heat restrictions that last summer stopped trains.
This summer, on hot days, most trains will still operate but at reduced speeds — down to 30km/h.
A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the Government was spending “more money than ever before to provide Victorian farmers and operators a more efficient and safe freight network.”
This article first appeared on www.weeklytimesnow.com.au
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