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ABC Townsville is reporting Aurizon has lost Glencore's Mt Isa freight contract to PN yesterday, resulting in major job losses the length of the Mt Isa line. Thirty-eight Aurizon terminal and road haulage jobs will be lost in Mt Isa and at Cloncurry seven maintenance positions will be made redundant - although six new drivers will be added. Twenty-nine train drivers in Hughenden and eight maintenance positions in Stuart will also go. Aurizon's daily 6M54/9255 intermodal services will cease in February as a result of the contract change, which will decrease Aurizon's weekly services on the Mt Isa line from around 56 services to 42 services while PN will increase from six services to around twenty.
If the PN contract tonnages are similar to Aurizon's, PN will need at least 160 additional container wagons, six locomotives and three relay vans - forming three sets - to maintain daily services. The Glencore contract will likely entail all the lead smelter and copper smelter traffic, which will include Townsville bound lead ingots and copper anode, plus Mt Isa bound cement and sulphur containers, containerised coal from McNaughton (Collinsville) and imported coke.
It's not clear what will happen to the Cloncurry copper concentrate and fuel traffic that falls outside of the Glencore contract, not to mention the increasing number of supermarket and general containers that had appearing on 6M54/9255 over the last two years. In recent years 6M54/9255 usually ran at 50-60 wagons and close to 900metres most days.
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