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Treloar Calls for Short Term Support To Keep Rail Operating


Member for Flinders Peter Treloar has joined the chorus of locals calling on members of his government to consider ongoing support for the operation of the Eyre Peninsula rail system, at least in the short term. 

The contract between the rail line operators Genesee and Wyoming (GWA) and the local grain bulk handlers Viterra will officially end in May and the future of grain deliveries by rail has not been secured beyond that date. 

An end to the service could see as many as 30,000 extra road trains loaded with grain hitting the region's roads per annum. 

Numerous local councils have called on the state government to secure the future of the current rail system with concerns that the road network in the region is not equipped to deal with the potential increase in traffic. 

Mr. Treloar said he understood the concerns of local councils and ratepayers and would be pushing for increased funding for the region's roads should the concerns be realized at the end of the contract.