05 May 2017
Hume Coal has rebuffed accusations by anti-coal activist group, the Battle for Berrima, that the proposed mine and associated Berrima Rail project would lead to an increase in delays for traffic at level crossings in the Southern Highlands.
Project Director Greig Duncan explained that existing rail infrastructure will be used to transport coal product from the mine to the Port Kembla coal terminal.
Duncan said Hume Coal looked at all transport options and decided that the existing local rail infrastructure connecting the mine to Port Kembla allowed for a safe, effective and efficient means of transporting the product coal.
“Plans to eliminate the level crossing near the cement works are already underway, which would completely remove impacts on local traffic in the area.
“Additionally, if the mine is approved, by the time it is up and running the Tahmoor mine may be closed, and the newer and quieter Hume Coal locos with fully-covered wagons will be using the rail slots vacated by the existing coal trains.”
“In what will be an industry first in Australia the company has also committed to hard covers for all coal wagons, to and from the port.”
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