Adelaide Hills rail network study promised

The Mayor of Mitcham, Ivan Brooks, says he believes a study into the Adelaide Hills rail network would find that a bypass route is needed for freight trains, reports the ABC.

The study is being promised by the Coalition as part of its transport package for South Australia.

Mr Brooks says there should not be 12 to 18 freight trains travelling through the Adelaide Hills each day, sharing the line with passenger trains.

"The line was opened in 1883 to carry a little bit of freight and passengers," he said.

"It is very steep [and] very windy.

"It was never meant for what it is being used [for] today."

Mr Brooks says a ring route needs to be developed so the freight rail network goes around the city instead of through it.

He says there should be an accompanying road so semi-trailers do not have to use the South Eastern Freeway.

"We have been lucky recently with two or three accidents and fortunately no one has been seriously hurt,"

he said.

"It is only a matter of time.

"If we can take some of those trucks with the trains that do not need to come into Adelaide, that would be fantastic."

All the way to Mexico

Emirates SkyCargo is fast-tracking its expansion into the Americas, offering offline cargo capacity to Mexico from 14th November, after having launched direct non-stop services to Sao Paulo and Toronto in October.

Emirates SkyCargo has appointed Mexican Cargo Sales Representative as its Cargo Sales Agent and its Mexican operation is now officially open for business. Cargo from Mexico will connect to Emirates’ route network from New York and Frankfurt, using interline partners such as Atlas Air, Aeromexico and Mexican. The Atlas Air freighter capacity will be offered every Thursday from Frankfurt to Mexico and on the return flight every Friday.

Fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, coffee and cotton; temperature sensitive products; and oil industry machinery are expected to dominate exports from Mexico. Aircraft and auto parts, metalworking machines, agricultural machinery, electrical goods, electronics and various manufactured goods from Emirates SkyCargo’s network are expected to make their way into Mexico.

Emirates SkyCargo’s cool chain solutions that maintain constant temperatures for shipments throughout its transportation cycle, across countries and different climactic conditions, are slated to become a huge success in the Mexican market.

Emirates SkyCargo now serves the Americas with belly-hold capacity in three daily services to New York; six non-stop weekly services to Sao Paulo; and three non-stop weekly services to Toronto. On 3rd December it will launch thrice-weekly non-stop services to Houston.

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