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A train derailment near Ouyen, south of Mildura, this week highlighted the issues facing regional Victoria's rail network.
The incident delayed citrus bound for export and prompted Ken Wakefield, the managing director of a freight transport company, to call on the state government to upgrade the region's train tracks.
"I get really concerned if government doesn't take the steps appropriate to ensure that we can get this cargo to market," he said.
"There's other suppliers that can supply these markets as well.
"We need to have an efficient and reliable rail freight network in Victoria."
Mildura mayor Glenn Milne vented his frustration with the region's rail infrastructure in the wake of the derailment.
He says the region is at risk of missing out on lucrative export markets if the the government doesn't overhaul north-west Victoria's rail network.
The train derailment came just days before Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder unveiled his government's transport vision between now and 2050.
The new plan outlines an expansion of rail, roads and ports to improve access for regional processors to domestic and international markets.
The vision includes a plan to standardise the Mildura train line to make it part of a transcontinental rail link connecting Perth to the east coast.
But it's short-term improvements exporters are looking for.
Mr Mulder says people should expect more freight being transported by road in the immediate years ahead.
With all the talk about grand plans, Cr Milne says he's more interested in immediate action.
"The Calder Highway needs passing lanes. It needs widening in places, it should be 110 kph all the way to Bendigo," he says.
"There's a big need for some big upgrades on that."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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