Just because farmer Joe can transport his grain how ever he wants it doesn't mean much to rail.
In fact it will more likely result in more farmers using road transport, as the quantities individual farmers want to move won't generally equate to enough to justify a train.
Bingo. If anything it means a more precarious position for the lesser used lines (Tier 3 and Tier 2).
Best case outcome for rail is either:
- New blokes go broke, or
- New blokes get sufficient tonnages that rail starts becoming more economic than road
Seems unlikely given that the two nominated ports are Albany and Bunbury, both of which have very poor rail access from the wheat growing areas. Expect to see more grain on Coalfields Highway and Chester Pass Road.