GrainCorp signs new rail deals

GrainCorp reaches new rail deal with QR, increasing services and cutting the need for trucks on the Warrego Highway

October 1, 2009

GrainCorp has reached an agreement with Queensland Rail for the provision of main line trains to service its Mackay, Gladstone and Fisherman Islands (Brisbane) export grain port terminals.

The the three-year deal involves three trains, one for Mackay and Gladstone and another two for Brisbane.

GrainCorp will be responsible for deployment of rail assets and the coordination of the freight task for the trains.

GrainCorp Managing Director Mark Irwin says the agreement will benefit Queensland growers by giving them a reliable transport option.

The weekly grain rail capacity between Toowoomba and Brisbane will increase by as much as 50 percent, reducing the number of trucks on the Warrego Highway significantly.

As well as the deal with QR, Graincorp also confirmed the addition of two trains to its existing contract with Pacific National in New South Wales and Victoria.

The new deals bring the total number of GrainCorp-managed trains in Australia to 17.

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