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As a further insult to rail operators across the state of Victoria, the government under Daniel Andrews continues to fail grain farmers with no work yet to proceed on the fixing the Dookie rail line to the large and busy grain silos. For years it is thought Graincorp has been asking for rail access to the facility but requests have fallen on deaf ears for this important branch line.
A rail line is in place but it is poorly maintained and V/Line deliberately disconnected the line at Shepparton ensuing trains could not use it.
V/Line do not seem to understand rail lines need maintenance and the more grain that runs on rail to the port the cheaper it is for shipping companies, farmers and local councils. Moving grain by truck rather than rail is more dangerous, less efficient and is more costly than via rail.
There is also the costs of heavy freight vehicle damage to local roads and highways, plus you have the issue over unloading a single truck at a time at the port which is costly and time consuming.
It seems the Victorian government is deliberately preventing trains and customers from using the line.
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