How the inland rail will affect freight truckers

THERE is some concern among Warwick freight operators about the impact the inland rail project could have on local trucking businesses.

Frasers Livestock Transport owner-operator Ross Fraser said the project presented huge potential for the region and industry but said it would not heavily impact on the livestock trucking business.

"Obviously there will be a lot of Melbourne container freight that will come by rail but it is likely to have a bigger effect on the line-haul industry than on livestock," Mr Fraser said.

"I guess (the rail) would help to alleviate some of the damage on road infrastructure, but with the huge increase in freight expected in the next 20 years there is still lots of work for road transport.

"I think it will create opportunities for extra business and it's important it comes around closer to Warwick and not through farming land."

Warwick Daily News contacted Wickham Freight Lines for comment but did not receive a response by time of print.



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