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Figures in Central Queensland believe Gladstone can play a role in getting Inland Rail freight onto ships.
A NEW report has made the case for Inland Rail to Gladstone and using the central Queensland centre as the key port.
This is being promoted as an alternative to the Brisbane option, with a solution yet to be established as to how best to get freight from Acacia Ridge to the Port of Brisbane.
Gladstone City Council, with other nearby councils, asked Central Queensland University chancellor and engineer John Abbott to prepare a submission to the federal government to reconsider the Port of Gladstone as Queensland’s Inland Rail terminal point.
Mr Abbott asked consultants AEC Group to research the destination’s viability.
Earlier this this year, AEC Group found that “this alternative route can reduce the cost of Inland Rail to the Australian Rail Track Corporation [and the federal government] by $4.8 billion”.
Gladstone is 500km north of Brisbane.
It has been reported that the Gladstone model is closer to original concepts proposed back in the 1990s.
The report proposes two rail options to Gladstone:
This article first appeared on railexpress.com.au
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