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Business groups are urging Tasmania's rail operator to suspend plans to close the rail freight network, pending the outcome of a proposed independent evaluation of the service's viability.
Pacific National says it will press ahead with plans to close the network, despite planned talks between the federal and state governments to set up an evaluation.
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling for an independent mediator to help end the impasse, and ensure the state does not lose its rail transport.
The chamber's chief executive, Damon Thomas, says an evaluation must be completed within four to six weeks.
"Let's get the independent assessment done quickly and hopefully get the company to commit to holding off the closure until after that independent assessment's been made, but let's move the emotion out of the issue and get objectivity back into it as much as possible," he said.
Mr Thomas says the independent mediator is needed to help find a solution.
"If that takes a delegation of Tasmanian business and community and tourism leaders heading off to Canberra to argue, to talk, to negotiate and come to an outcome that is convenient to everyone, it may not totally satisfy the company, it may not be totally palatable to the state or federal government, but it must meet the community test of acceptability," he said.
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