Linfox Logistics and Aurizon have upped their weekly intermodal services by 20 per cent, to meet the needs of households across Queensland and Australia.
Aurizon has added a number of northbound services from Brisbane, carrying finished products including food, groceries, and beverages in Linfox containers, with these carriages then filled with fresh produce on the return leg from Central and North Queensland.
The trains have been travelling between Brisbane and Cairns, Innisfail, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald, Alpha, Barcaldine, Longreach, and Winton.
According to Linfox Logistics CEO Australia and New Zealand, Mark Mazurek, each extra rail services is equal to 80 B-double trucks.
“Collectively, we have mobilised a significant number of additional truck and train services to ensure essential items flow through to regional Queenslanders,” he said.
“Everything from groceries, to cleaning and personal care products, to fresh produce from Far North Queensland farms are delivered via these critical networks.”
In delivering these extra services, both Linfox and Aurizon have ensured that they meet and exceed health and safety measures. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a focus on health and safety is more important than ever, said Aurizon group executive bulk, Clay McDonald.
“This applies not only in their everyday roles in the transport and logistics business but also in practicing safe distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures and high levels of workplace hygiene,” he said.
“Together, we are pleased that our supply chain is delivering such an important service to the community during a very testing time for customers and communities across Queensland.”
Linfox Logistics, which began in the road freight sector, has recently expanded its rail freight operations, purchasing Aurizon’s Queensland intermodal business a year ago. Linfox owns depots, rail wagons, and 4,500 specialised rail