QR commits to trains over trucks


QR scraps any talk of changing rail freight services in favour of trucks

November 18, 2009

Queensland Rail (QR) says its freight distribution centres at Bowen, Ayr, and Tully will continue operating as normal with existing rail services for customers.

The comments come after there had been talk that a proposal developed at operational level suggested rail freight should be moved to road for these centres.

"There was a proposal under development to change one rail freight service so QR could also provide a new service for another North Queensland company into Brisbane and southern states," Executive General Manager of QR Freight Ken Lewsey says.

"The proposal would have seen an option to move low-volume freight to road but with an increase in volumes on rail whilst also continuing current services to all those communities.

"I confirm that this proposal is now not proceeding. This current rail service to Bowen, Ayr, and Tully will continue and these depots will remain open."

Lewsey says QR remains committed to delivering freight services to regional Queensland and will continue to work on improving services for its customers.


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