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The Adelaide-Darwin rail freight service could be handed a lifeline by one of its most frequent users – SA transport magnate Allan Scott.
FreightLink has put the service up for sale after making losses despite boosting the number of weekly freight services last week.
Mr Scott said being one of the biggest users they couldn’t afford to lose it.
"You know we can't afford to lose it, we can't afford to have it closed down and the banks are starting to call up the money, so something has to be done,” he said.
Mr Scott said several SA industries depended on the rail link.
"It'll be great for South Australia ... because they can't afford to lose it - a lot of our industry and a lot of our produce goes up on that rail and a lot of stuff from Melbourne goes on that rail, so it's very important that it be kept going," he said.
Agriculture Minister Rory McEwen said the railway line would be good for SA and add to Mr Scott’s vision.
“Mr Scott's obviously a very experienced and successful freight operator in all its forms - he's proved that around Australia and built a magnificent transport industry - logistics industry - based in Mt Gambier," he said.--ABC
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