No good(wood) news on freight trains.NOVEMBER 21, 2013
Councillor Bob Schnell’s name translates to “fast” in German. But the Goowood Ward representative on Unley Council is pressing for just the opposite when it comes to rail traffic through his Local Government patch.
In a call to the Australian Rail Track Corporation he has suggested a 40kph limit to protect residents and reduce rail noise. The answer from ARTC? “We aren’t entering into a debate on the issue”.
Meanwhile Councillor Schnell has railed against the 90kph zone between Goodwood and Mile End as “totally outrageous”, and has said that the freights should travel at the same speed as cars on surrounding roads..
But ARTC says that the line, which carries up to a dozen goods trains each day, has been designed for the higher speed and this will help reduce waiting time at level crossings.
So I suppose there is SOME gain..