Posted 14 years ago by bevans
The Tasmanian Government has admitted it has known of the need to upgrade the state's rail infrastructure for some time.
Pacific National's (PN) decision to cut and run from the container market in Tasmania is a symptom of a nation-wide under-investment in the rail network, according to the rail lobby.
Bryan Nye, the CEO of the Australian Railways Association (ARA), says PN was right to cease services in the state.
Pacific National will slash its container freight services in Tasmania in a move that unions say could cost up to 160 jobs.
Traffic is likely to increase on the Midland Highway too because the company has predicted it will take 2000 extra truck trips a week to replace the rail service.
Trains have not been allowed to cart pine out of the Fingal Valley and Burnie this month because of a crumbling rail network and locomotive breakdowns.
Other rail lines are also in poor repair and have forced companies to turn to road transport, with Hobart zinc producer Zinifex using trucks to cart up to 15 per cent of its product to Bell Bay.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says Tasmania's rail system is worn out.
The union says a lack of funding from governments and other major players has left the state's rail system a long way from national standards.
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Moves to sell the assets of the Derwent Valley Railway have begun as the organisation prepares to close down as an operating railway.
Posted 14 years ago by DavidB
Today's train journey to Ross for Father's Day may be the last after it was announced the railway line would close because of safety concerns.
Tasmanian railways would soon have major problems unless millions of dollars were spent on crumbling infrastructure, the rail union said yesterday.
Deep within the cavernous Don River Railway train shed, among the idle carriages and engines, Geoff Brown spends a couple of days a week indulging his passion for rail.
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