Transport Minister Troy Buswell has made a surprise decision to keep the state’s ‘Tier 3’ rail lines open, after previously resisting overtures from farmers, rural communities and grain handler CBH Group to keep the lines open.

The state government had been planning to spend $118 million upgrading the road network in the wheatbelt, before closing the rail lines next year.

Widespread protest from the agricultural sector warned road safety would be at risk with a massive increase of trucks on country and metropolitan roads.


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