PUBLIC safety along the Miling-Toodyay rail line will suffer, a local grower has warned, as doubt builds over the line's future.
Brookfield Rail chief executive Paul Larsen told Farm Weekly recently that the Tier 2 line is in need of significant upgrade before December 2016 and could be made redundant, due to its proximity to good condition lines out of McLevie and Moora.
But Miling grower and shire councillor Ken Seymour has warned already deteriorating shire roads will continue to degrade and threaten public safety if freight is forced onto the road in his region.
"About 500,000 tonnes of grain runs on that line each year," he said.
"We can cart either side to existing lines, but it will be at the expense of the shire's roads.
Brookfield are a barrier to doing rail business. This line has 500,000 tonnes of grain. That equates to 9000 wagons of grain and rail is not viable?
Imagine the cost to the environment to place that many truck movements on the roads around there. Where is the commonsense?