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The last fuel-carrying rail wagons will make their way along the Dubbo to Tamworth route today.
In August, Shell Australia announced plans to transport fuel from Parramatta to Dubbo, Canberra and Tamworth via road, instead of rail.
The Dubbo Shell depot will close at the end of the month, leaving seven people out of work.
Shell spokesman Paul Zennaro says the move will eliminate double handling and offer efficiencies.
"Shell conducted a review of the way it delivered in regional New South Wales and the decision was made to a road-based form of transport because of efficiency and to cut out the numerous handling steps under the old system," he said.
"Previously the fuel was taken from the refinery to a depot then transported by train to another depot, where it was decanted into tanks before being put on trucks and delivered to customers.
"Under the new system we'll be delivering fuel directly from the refinery trucks to customers."
NRMA director Alan Evans says an extra four million litres of petrol a month will now be delivered by road instead of rail and nothing can justify that.
"Shell are being a little bit cute in the things they're saying because they're talking about the number of tankers on the road, they don't talk about the fact it'll be double shifts, multiple shifts and they'll be running all hours of the day and night," he said.
"The other thing that's going to happen with this, if there's any hitch on the road, there's any major crashes which block the highway then your chances of running out of petrol in a local community are going to be greatly increased."
Mr Evans says his organisation has lobbied hard to keep the fuel on rail, but the requests have fallen on deaf ears and it is motorists who will pay the price.
"I mean people using the Great Western Highway, the New England Highway going to Tamworth, people who are using those roads are going to encounter more petrol tankers on the road than they've ever seen before," he said.
"This heightens the risks for all motorists and most importantly as well it increases carbon emissions at a time when everyone else is trying to reduce them."
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