Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

DOES the public re­alise that in the Tier 3 rail­way line area if no trains are run­ning it will take 16,383 truck­loads to move an av­er­age crop of 900,000 tonnes of wheat to rail heads.

Then, of course, an­other 16,383 for the re­turn jour­ney; that is 32,766 truck move­ments.

Con­sid­er­ing that most roads are not ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing this heavy load of traf­fic and the dan­ger to other road uses will be ex­treme, it is go­ing to cost the State a lot of money through ac­ci­dents and the pos­si­ble loss of life.

Is it com­mon sense to close a rail­way line that is quite ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing all this grain to mar­ket?

On top of this, the farm­ing com­mu­nity will be bur­dened with in­creased trans­port costs and higher shire rates for the up­keep of the roads trav­elled on by th­ese trucks. MARYE LOUISE DANIELS, Kew­dale.

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