An article in the "Country News" supplement to todays Shepparton News says Graincorp and district grain growers are calling for the re-opening of the Dookie line. Graincorp want to spend money upgrading the site but want to use rail to export grain.
The mainline turnout was replaced a few years ago as part of a track rationalisation project.
The track through a level crossing needs renewing, as the rails have been pulled out of the road, due to poor road surface.
To maintain a road does vicroads want a Commitment for while registrations to justify maintenance.
People on this site some on which just do not get it. Woodford could be right.
It costs 3 times the amount to fix road damage than maintain a rail line for grain.
It is also cheaper to use rail for grain than road.
This is why graincorp want to use a liberal should already be available for traffic.
What is stopping graincorp from running trains to dookie now ?
It makes me wonder if it would be better if VicRoads was merged with VicTrack, with the more cost effective (i.e rail) option given priority.
take a look at south australia if you would like to view a model which has not worked. roads falling apart and rail lines rusting. gwa no plans to further develop the freight market for grain.
maybe that is why victoria and south australia are refered to as the rust belt.
why can;t trains access the dookie line now as was asked?