Adani’s rail gauge size ‘off track’
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.