Adani’s rail gauge size ‘off track’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

FOR­MER Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Tim Fis­cher has at­tacked the Adani mine for adopt­ing a “poi­son pill’’ rail­way gauge which he says will sti­fle pro­duc­tion.

Mr Fis­cher, a stu­dent of in­ter­na­tional rail­way his­tory, said the mine was plan­ning a nar­row gauge line of 1067mm when the track needed to be stan­dard gauge ( 1435mm).

“(Stan­dard gauge is) the only gauge that should be used to this huge new block­buster Queens­land eco­nomic an­chor should it pro­ceed,’’ Mr Fis­cher said. “In the 1960s, a lack of bold vi­sion scrapped a new stan­dard gauge line from Townsville to Mt Isa,” he said.

Mr Fis­cher said the Wag­ner fam­ily of Toowoomba un­der­stood the is­sue clearly.

The fam­ily, who built and own the Well­camp Air­port out­side Toowoomba, said the air­port’s busi­ness hub would be con­nected to the stan­dard gauge In­land Rail Project.

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