The operators were encouraged to provide their requirements into the business case and summarised by the article as:
Group members were adamant they wanted faster times, the ability to carry heavier loads and full standardisation of lines.
"The rail operators won't invest in any more locomotives, or wagons until it's standardised; that's the clear message they have given the government and me," he said.
Group members had also requested the economic and environmental impact of an increased number of heavy vehicles using the roads, if the rail project was not finished, be built into the business case.
The call for real costs of heavy vehicles on the roads due to the poor outcomes of the Mildura project should form part of the business case. I would even go further and include into the capital planning the SHIFT2RAIL scheme for the Murray Basin for 5 years at double the 12 month rate to ensure the network gets maximium use and the rail is taken up.
A GrainCorp spokesman said the company was a strong supporter of the MBRP and it would welcome government investment, to support its completion.
"The MBRP has the potential to deliver significant economic benefits to Victorian grain growers by creating a more cost effective and efficient rail supply chain, which will ultimately improve the competitiveness of Victorian grain in domestic and international markets," the spokesman said.
What grain is not on rail out of the area now leading to increases other than grain around Robinvale which is on road, The scope of the grain network needs review in terms of conversion. Not entirely on topic but grain handling west of Denni needs to be looked at also for investment.