Subject to approval by the state parliament, the 1067mm-gauge network
will return to state ownership on December 1. Tasmanian government
infrastructure minister Mr Graham Sturges said the deal would secure
the future of PNT's employees and services following a long period of
deep uncertainty.
Pacific National acquired the Tasmanian business
from Australian Transport Network (a partnership between Tranz Rail,
New Zealand, and Wisconsin Central, United States) in 2004.