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Queensland Rail (QR) says drought has driven a huge increase in demand for livestock freight services in western Queensland.
Spokesman John Galligan says twice the number of cattle has been moved out of the state's north-west this year on trains.
He says bookings for livestock trains around central western centres, including Longreach, have also been strong and the demand looks set to continue.
"We're seeing a very high demand with rail ... something like 40,000 head from the north-west where as at the same stage last year we'd done about 20,000, so you could say it's almost double the demand on QR at the moment," he said.
Meanwhile, a western Queensland mayor says the exodus of cattle out of the region is continuing as drought conditions worsen.
Winton Mayor Ed Warren says for the past few months there has been huge numbers of road trains travelling through the shire, transporting tens of thousands of cattle from the Northern Territory and far western Queensland shires.
Councillor Warren says the increased movement of trucks is causing damage to roads.
"It was reported that in March there was 300,000 cattle to move and most of them were going to move into Queensland, into southern markets and meatworks," he said.
"That impact on our roads is really very noticeable at the moment and it's really something we've got to make the Government aware of at the moment."
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