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A study into the viability of reopening the Blayney to Demondrille rail line in central western New South Wales will continue under the new state government.
The Blayney, Cowra, Young, Harden and Weddin Councils were concerned the study to reopen the line, which was commissioned by the previous government, could be stopped by the new transport minister.
But the Weddin general manager, Trevor Lobb, says the councils have been advised the study will continue.
He says reopening the line would help the shires manage traffic.
"Cowra and Young both have heavy trucks travelling up and down their main streets, which is pretty much undesirable for those communities," he said.
"The other towns the same sorts of things but to different degrees.
"If that can be transferred to a train that reduces the heavy vehicle transports through the major centres as well as lessening the road damage along the way."
He says the study will determine whether or not the line would be financially viable.
"To have it reopen we have to show that there is a good case for it, that there is enough freight to make it worthwhile and it won't be a bottomless pit to throw money into.
"So we're very supportive of trying to get the lines reopened simply for the point of view that there's an asset there not being used and it takes a lot of traffic off our roads," he said.
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