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Adelaide-Darwin on target for first year haulage goal

<p>The Adelaide-Darwin railway is performing in line with expectations after recording freight volumes of 270,000 tonnes in its first six months of operation, FreightLink has reported.</p> <p>"That puts us on target to reach the projected task of 380,000 tonnes a year, which we set as our goal for the first year of operations," FreightLink CEO Bruce McGowan said.</p> <p>So far the company has hauled 10,200 tonnes for export out of Darwin to southeast Asian destinations, Mr McGowan said.</p> <p>A review of the first six months of operation has led to the development of new strategies to promote further growth, he said.</p> <p>"Rates for FreightLink services will be adjusted on October 1, in order to achieve financial targets necessary to build a sustainable rail business into the future," Mr McGowan said.</p> <p>"A price adjustment was necessary to better reflect the size, weight and destination mix of various containers carried on the service."</p> <p>FreightLink’s prices are cheaper than other transport modes on the corridor and the adjustment is a result of "a proper assessment of the types of freight" carried on the corridor, he said.</p> <p>FreightLink has also invested in another 25 five-pack of wagons from EDI Rail and will also import 55 two-pack wagons from Canada in October. </p> <br />