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The manager of a regional business centre has expressed concern over the Western Australian Government's move to cut the AvonLink train service.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the service, which runs between Midland, Toodyay and Northam, will cease at the end of December because of low passenger numbers.
He says it will be replaced by twice-daily bus services.
The general manager of the Small Business Centre in Northam, Mike Jose, says the last thing the region needs is more heavy vehicles on Wheatbelt roads.
"I do honestly believe that putting more large vehicles on the Great Eastern Highway is not a good thing," he said.
"I myself drive up and down there everyday and it can be quite dangerous at times.
"I've worked in the Wheatbelt now for the last 12 years and many of these small towns out here are dying and quite frankly, it's hard to find anybody who really cares."
WA Nationals' MP Mia Davies says she is disappointed with the Barnett Government's decision to scrap the service.
Ms Davies, the Member for Central Wheatbelt, says there has been a strong reaction from the Northam community.
"I believe that there has been some talk of starting a petition and I'm happy to table a petition in the Parliament to demonstrate the community's concern on behalf of the electorate if the petition is started and we get some signatures," she said.
Ms Davies says patronage may be low now but the area is preparing for population growth.
"I'm concerned about the fact that we are trying to accommodate and have aspirational growth into the region as part of the super town initiative. I'm concerned that there are people who won't be able to access public transport that need it," she said.
'Incredibly inconvenient'Greens' MP Lynn MacLaren says getting rid of the line and putting more buses on the road will increase congestion and ultimately damage the environment.
"We're appalled. At a time when we need to be investing in railways and reducing congestion, we're seeing them close services that already exist," she said.
"It's going to be incredibly inconvenient for commuters, it's going to force more people on [to] the roads which is going to have an environmental impact and also it'll increase congestion."
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Transport Minister has confirmed the MerredinLink service will also be cancelled on December 30.
She says the Prospector train will replace services along the route, which will boost the number of visits from three times a week to daily stopovers.
The spokeswoman said cancelling the AvonLink and MerredinLink service will save taxpayers more than $1.2 million a year.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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