HUNDREDS of grain trucks are expected to be taken off south-west roads after the state government announced it would reopen the Yaapeet railway line.
Nanjing Night Net

The Wimmera freight link has been effectively closed for five years, pushing more freight trucks onto the Henty Highway and other link roads in order to be shipped from Portland.

Regional Cities Minister Denis Napthine said many of the 120,000 tonnes of grain expected to be moved by rail on the line would head straight for the Port of Portland.

He said every grain train load was the equivalent of 70 B-double trucks hitting the highway.

“The reopening of the Dimboola to Rainbow section of the Yaapeet line means there is now a direct standard-gauge rail link from the heart of the grain belt to the Port of Portland,” he said.

“This will take heavy trucks off our roads, particularly the Henty Highway.

“It will also reduce the costs to growers and get the grain to the Port of Portland in more efficient manner.”

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