Transporters laugh off new rail proposal

MACKAY transport operators say that the new government Moving Freight Strategy, that is aiming to take big numbers of trucks off Queensland roads and put more freight onto the rail network, simply will not work.

Arnold Cole from AR and Ed Cole Transport laughed off the plan, saying "they will never do it".

"The Queensland rail system couldn't cope with freight years ago," Mr Cole said.

They will never do it ... people had a gutful of rail years ago.– Arnold Cole
They will never do it ... people had a gutful of rail years ago.– Arnold Cole

Mr Cole said moving freight over to rail would send "more blokes broke" and increase unemployment. Moving goods by rail would also prove time consuming.

"People had a gutful of rail transport years ago so they went to trucking transport," he said.

Mackay Haulage's Angelo Sorbello wished the government luck.

"Rail is the most disorganised company, you can wait for weeks," he said. "Without the trucks Australia would come to a standstill and Queensland Rail wouldn't know what to do."

Instead Mr Sorbello said better roads should be built.

"The Bruce Highway is not a highway, it's a goat track," he said.

JLM Transport and Logistics operations manager Roger Cawte said the government had been trying for many years to get more trucks off the road.

He said rail could not do it all and there would be huge costs involved to upgrade rail networks. The government would also be better off financially to put the money into improving state roads.

Mr Cawte said bulk fuel transportation would be better to go by rail as it made sense "in theory" but it would be very expensive.

"In the end it would have to be a combination of both. But we need to push some freight onto rail and take the pressure off roads," he said.

Do you think moving freight by rail would be beneficial?

This poll ended on 25 June 2014.

Current Results

Yes

69%

No

30%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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