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Freight companies threaten to leave rail for road on Adelaide-Darwin route

<p>Key transport firms along the Adelaide-Darwin corridor have threatened to return freight to road in protest over rail price hikes.</p> <p>The Scott Group’s Northern Territory Freight Services has said it will consider putting 15 road trains back on the road because of Adelaide-Darwin rail operator FreightLink’s recent price rise, said to be as high as 20%, the ABC reported.</p> <p>Toll Holdings has also threatened to revert to road transport.</p> <p>FreightLink said charges increased because of miscalculations in cost estimations when the railway was opened in January, it was reported.</p> <p>It said the rail rates were still lower than those offered on road and it did not want to see people switching back to road transport. </p> <table width="548" border="0"> <tr> <td height="90" width="58">&nbsp<a href=""><img src="" border="0" /></a></td> <td height="90" width="474"><a href=""><font size="3"><b>ImpEx Personnel with support from the CBFCA and AFIF are hosting an industry Charity Ball in support of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead <br /> – Click here</b></font></a></td> </tr> </table> <br />