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Small freight between Brisbane and north Queensland could be transported by road instead of rail under changes to Queensland Rail's (QR) business operations.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says members from Bowen to Cairns were told by QR managers that small freight will be transported by road and not rail from January 4 next year.
Union spokesman Les Moffitt says motorists will be affected if more trucks are placed onto the state's roads.
"Families that travel down the highway on holidays ... are not interested in seeing more trucks out on the road," he said.
"There's a role there and enough freight for rail and trucks without having trucks doing the long haul which Queensland Rail seems to be pushing the loading that way."
Mr Moffitt says the changes will affect workers in Bowen, Ayr, Tully and Innisfail.
"Bowen will receive their loading from Mackay by truck, Ayr will receive it from Townsville and like I said some time ago, they moved Ingham off ... rail and put it on road, and Tully and Innisfail will get their loading from Cairns," he said.
Queensland Rail say it is committed to improving freight services for customers in regional Queensland.
It says freight services in the rest of the state remain unchanged.
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