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Acacia Ridge rail reform will continue: QR

<p>QR intends to continue with its stated goal of reforming the management of its Brisbane Acacia Ridge rail terminal, according to one of the organisation’s senior managers.</p> <p>Steve Cantwell, group general manager of the QR-owned Network Access, said QR believes Pacific National does not have any long-term legal occupancy rights over the terminal or marshalling yard &#8211 a position disputed by Pacific National.</p> <p>The two companies have taken the matter to Federal Court and a trial will be held at the end of the year or early next year. </p> <p>On this basis, QR agreed not to start any action to terminate the Pacific National occupancy on July 5, 2003, and would allow Pacific National to continue operating from the terminal in the interim, Mr Cantwell said.</p> <p>"Part of the agreement between the parties is an undertaking from Pacific National that it will facilitate access to the standard-gauge marshalling yard for third-party operators," he said.</p> <p>"QR welcomes this commitment by Pacific National as an important first step in allowing third-party operator use of the Acacia Ridge facility."</p> <p>QR said it will continue to pursue a regime at Acacia Ridge that maximises benefits for the rail industry.</p> <p>QR does not intend to disadvantage any single operator, he said.</p> <br />