CBH, Arc grain train deadlock continues
A two-year deadlock between CBH and Arc Infrastructure over long-term access of WA’s grain train lines looks likely to spill into a third year.
CBH operations general manager David Capper told media on Friday he did not expect the arbitrator to make a decision before the middle of next year.
The delay means the company will have to renew its interim access agreement with Arc Infrastructure, formerly Brookfield Rail, before it expires on December 31.
An independent arbitrator was expected to call an end to the deadlock by the end of this year.
CBH triggered an arbitration process with Arc in February 2016 after formal negotiations to gain long-term access to Arc’s freight rail network failed.
The company has been carting grain on Arc’s country rail lines under an interim agreement while the arbitrator nuts out a 10-year access deal.
Leaders of both parties last year declared the arbitrator’s decision as final and agreed to set up a second interim agreement when the existing one expires in December.
Arc Infrastructure released a statement on Tuesday which said it continued to work with CBH “on a regular basis to ensure no interruptions to grain rail services”.
It said while Arc would be “bound by the arbitrated outcome”, CBH would have the “option to accept the arbitrator’s decision”.