V/Line will allow some rail freight exporters to operate on hot days, despite their decision last month to ban all rail operations if temperatures reach 33C or higher.
Trains that were required to stop travelling between Echuca and Deniliquin, and Dunolly and Birchip when temperatures reached the low thirties will now be permitted to travel at 30 km/h.
Rail Freight Alliance Executive Officer, Reid Mather told Flow FM the decision has come at the worst possible time.
Although Mr Mather agrees safety is of utmost importance, he believes V/Line’s alternative of having more trucks on the road to transport grain and other freight poses an even greater safety risk.
With at least 6-8 weeks of hot weather still left this harvest season, the Rail Freight Alliance is hoping a better outcome for farmer, suppliers, transporters and everyone involved in the supply chain.
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