Asciano to suspend Pacific National's Tasmanian operations


Tasmanian Minster for Infrastructure Graeme Sturges has confirmed Asciano will look to end operations in the state.

Asciano to suspend Pacific National's Tasmanian operations
Asciano to suspend Pacific National's Tasmanian operations
Tasmanian Minster for Infrastructure Graeme Sturges has confirmed Asciano has advised him of the organisations intensions to pull out of the Tasmanian rail operations in the medium term.

Sturges says the rail and ports operator pull out will not hinder the progress and sustainability of Tasmanian rail operations and Asciano have pledged to ensure rail freight remains a "viable option" in the state.

"I will continue to work with Pacific National’s parent company, Asciano to ensure that rail freight remains a viable transport option in Tasmania," Sturges said.

"I also appreciate the fact that Pacific National have committed to maintain the track and provide rail haulage services in line with its obligations under the Rail Management and Maintenance Deed while a managed transaction occurs," he says.

The Minister also made it clear the vital Tasmanian rail upgrade would still go ahead despite the recent setback.

"The government is committed to rolling out the $122 million rail upgrade of the Tasmanian rail network.

"Already considerable progress has been made on a $30 million capital improvement program involving the replacement of 20 kilometres of rail and 140,000 sleepers," Sturges said.

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