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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
THE number of heavy vehicles on Wagga's east-west thoroughfare is expected to triple to more than 8000 per day within 40 years.
Couple that with a rapidly-deteriorating road network and two of the city's elected representatives say being part of the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail corridor is vital to future growth.
Wagga City Council was represented at an symposium on the project in Moree on Friday by Councillor Greg Conkey and deputy mayor, Cr Andrew Negline.
Cr Negline said there were "a lot of towns" the corridor wouldn't stop in and council would do everything possible to sell the city as a freight hub.
He revealed the amount of freight is set to triple by 2050 and that about 2700 trucks currently travel through the city on a daily basis.
"This is a project we, as a local government area, should be enthusiastic about," Cr Negline said.
"We've got to grab it by both hands."
Two routes have been suggested - one by the Australian Rail Track Corporation, which includes stops in Wagga and Albury, and another by a separate consortium which opts for Narrandera instead.
Cr Conkey said, while the latter route was slightly shorter and looked "good on paper", he believed the need for compulsory acquisition of land would see it being "bogged down in legal issues" with landowners for years.
This article first appeared on www.dailyadvertiser.com.au
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