Transport and logistics company, Linfox, has confirmed its priorities for road and rail freight across Australia.
Strategic rail locations along the 1,700-kilometre $9.3 billion Inland Rail project – connecting Melbourne and Brisbane via inland New South Wales – is expected to reinforce supply chains and could by 2026 enable one double-stacked train to move the equivalent cargo capacity of 110 B-doubles.
The Sunshine State, Linfox asserts, is vast, with the distance between Brisbane and Cairns approximately the same as Melbourne and Brisbane. Such distances pose safety risks such as fatigue for road transport operators.
Linfox said rail is well positioned to share the load with its road transport operations. This move also supports the company’s journey to zero emissions by engaging in more environmentally sustainable practices.
New depots in Emerald and Rockhampton also provide direct connections to Queensland’s rail network. Meanwhile, the company continues to invest in its container fleet to grow its intermodal cold chain capability.
“This will super-charge growth and efficiency for our customers, as we continue to develop the foundations that underpin high-performing, connected supply chains,” said CEO Linfox Logistics Australia and New Zealand, Mark Mazurek.
Linfox’s intermodal rail network in Queensland comprises up to 60 rail services per week, around 150,000 TEU moved per annum with more than 500 rail wagons and more than 1,000 rail containers transporting food and groceries, retail beverages, export meat, industrial products and dangerous goods.
Last year, in Western Australia, Linfox opened a new facility to support the mining industry.
It also commenced operations from a newly built facility in Port Kembla, New South Wales.