Rail freight has returned to the Horsham station yard, with QUBE beginning containerized grain traffic, between the rural city and Melbourne. The first service out, was on 31 October, hauled by GL105 with 23 wagons.. This Viterria traffic has been gained from WCL
From the Wimmera Mail Times.
HORSHAM Rural City Council will meet Melbourne-based container
logistics company Qube to discuss operations at the Horsham rail freight
Qube has confirmed it intends to operate from the Horsham terminal.
meeting comes after Horsham residents voiced their concern at the
prospect of rail freight returning to the city when crews started work
at the site.
Workers from rail contractors McLeod Rail have been working on the rail track this week in readiness for Qube to move in.
Rural City Mayor David Grimble said company representatives and council
would meet mid next week to find out what the company intended to do.
"They have a commitment to provide a rail service under contract," he said.
"We need to find out why they can't provide that service under contract at the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal at Dooen.
also want to reassure people that we don't want a freight handling
facility in the city it is not part of our long-term vision for
"We understand the angst from the community. Council is united and we will exercise our political influence.
"This came as a surprise to us as well."
A spokesman for Qube said the arrangement in Horsham was temporary.
He said the company had been trying to gain access to the new terminal at Dooen, which officially opened in September.
is not our intention to remain at the Horsham terminal indefinitely but
we cannot use Dooen until an agreement is reached with Wimmera
Container Line," he said.
Wimmera Container Line operates the Dooen terminal.
spokesman said Qube made alternative arrangements to access the Horsham
terminal so that its customers were protected and to ensure freight
remained on rail.
"Qube is continuing its discussions with Wimmera
Container Line on a potential access agreement to the Dooen terminal,
but is unable to say when that agreement will be reached," he said.
the community can be assured that we are working in good faith to
enable us to commence operations at Dooen as soon as commercially