On the north western Railway in the north of Queensland, trains stop on the line every 10 minutes.
But the line is only open for seven hours a day, and the trains have been sitting unused for four years.
“We have been waiting for some time for the railway to come back online,” said Craig Anderson, who works for a construction company.
“There is no guarantee that it will come back for at least another two or three years.”
Anderson’s company is the only company in town with the power to open the line up.
He’s working with the Northern Rail Union (NRU), which represents workers in the railway industry.
The union has been negotiating for some months, but is now hoping to negotiate the return of the line.
NRU chief executive officer, Greg Papp, said it was a “good start”.
“We’ve been waiting since March to see the return to normal train service, which is what the industry was hoping for,” he said.
“We’re pleased to see that we’re now in a position to finally get that.”
But the key to achieving that is having the Northern Railway Union to have the bargaining power that we do to actually have a deal.”‘
There are still too many delays’The NRU has negotiated a contract with the State Government, which has now said it will fund its own repairs.
It has also put the issue to the Australian Rail and Road Commission (ARRC) for approval, but has yet to be approved.
That would have to take into account the fact that we have already invested $50 million in this line, and there are still delays. “
The only way we can ensure that we get a reasonable return for our investment is to get a proper audit done by the National Audit Office,” Papp said.
“In other words, we need a guarantee that we are getting a fair return.””
The Northern line is a key component of the Queensland National Highway network. “
In other words, we need a guarantee that we are getting a fair return.”
The Northern line is a key component of the Queensland National Highway network.
The line was originally built in the 1960s and is the last of the existing railway lines to be upgraded and expanded.
It carries passengers across the state and beyond, and is also one of the oldest railways in the country.