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Concerns have been raised in State Parliament that there are only two rail services still operating in Tasmania, and more freight will need to be shifted onto trucks.
Rob McGuire, from the Tasmanian Freight logistics Council, has confirmed only two trains a day are running in Tasmania.
He says the uncertainty caused by Pacific National selling its Tasmanian rail operations has sparked concern, but there is hope that a new operator will offer more frequent services...
...The Greens have used the closure of a rail line in the north to highlight what they say is the 'sorry state of rail.'
The Bell Bay rail line closed yesterday after an overpass was damaged in a truck crash.
The Greens' Tim Morris says the amount of freight carried on rail is shrinking.
"It seems that only the paper train and perhaps the coal train are running in this state," he said.
Mr Morris says a Tasmanian trucking company is advertising for more drivers for B-double trucks.
The Infrastructure Minister, Graeme Sturges, has told Parliament the Government is spending millions of dollars to improve the track.
He says there is strong interest from companies wanting to operate rail in Tasmania.
"The future is bright."
Mr Sturges say the market, not the Government, will determine how much freight travels on rail.
A spokeswoman for Pacific National says the freight volume carried on rail is comparable to last year.
Track defects causing half derailments
Documents tabled in State Parliament today reveal about half of all train derailments in Tasmania are caused by track defects.
A document from the Infrastructure Minister Graeme Sturges says there were 17 derailments between January 2007 and the end of June last year.
The track contributed to five of the 10 derailments in 2007.
Four of the seven derailments that occurred in 2008 are still being investigated.
But of the other three, two were caused by track defects.
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Wed Jul 2, 2008
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