Transport companies Linfox Logistics and Aurizon have boosted road and rail services, lifting the number of weekly intermodal services by more than 20 per cent to meet surging consumer demand in Queensland.
Aurizon locomotives transport Linfox rail containers to key rail hubs in Central and North Queensland, including Cairns, Innisfail, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald, Alpha, Barcaldine, Longreach and Winton.
The increased northbound rail services out of Brisbane transport essential items such as food, groceries and beverages. Linfox then delivers the freight to scores of locations across regional Queensland.
Return southbound rail services transport fresh produce to markets and distribution centres for consumers across the country. Each train carries the equivalent of 80 B-double truckloads of freight.
“Collectively, we have mobilised a significant number of additional truck and train services to ensure essential items flow through to regional Queenslanders,” Linfox Logistics chief executive officer Australia and New Zealand Mark Mazurek said.
“Everything from groceries, to cleaning and personal care products, to fresh produce from Far North Queensland farms are delivered via these critical networks.
“There has been a fantastic response from both Linfox and Aurizon employees. They are showing extraordinary community spirit, responding delivering essential goods safely and efficiently.”
Linfox acquired Aurizon’s Queensland Intermodal Business one year ago, incorporating the transfer of employees, freight forwarding, pick-up and delivery assets as well as rail wagons to Linfox.