Linfox’s new intermodal logistics network in north Queensland is harnessing road and rail transport to bypass flood affected areas to replenish empty shelves in major supermarkets and convenience stores.
An event control room has been setup at Linfox’s Acacia Ridge rail terminal to ensure essential goods are delivered as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts further rain.
“When weather events like these occur, you need to have multiple modes of transport seamlessly working together to ensure free flowing movement of goods”, said Linfox Intermodal General Manager, Glenn Ashton.
The Linfox acquisition of Aurizon’s Queensland Intermodal Business was completed on Friday 1 February. The new Linfox/Aurizon ‘hook and pull’ agreement sees Aurizon providing locomotive and rail corridor access to Linfox, which manages freight movements on behalf of its customers.
With the train line being cut north of Mackay, Linfox has mobilised all available transport assets to ensure essential goods continue north to the worst affected areas.
“We have more than 100 trucks working in the flood zone to deliver goods to stores. We’re using inland routes to access far north Queensland, but it’s slow going due to the conditions on the roads”, said Glenn.
Mt Isa experienced extreme conditions with all major roads to the east closed due to flooding. In response, Linfox assigned a triple road train to deliver groceries from Adelaide to access Mt Isa from the west, which arrived yesterday.
“It’s important to get essential goods through, but safety is always top of mind, especially when operating in adverse conditions”, said Glenn.
“The new Linfox/Aurizon partnership has demonstrated the strength of having multiple modes of transport at our disposal. We knew that this partnership would help Queenslanders, but we didn’t know it would only take a few days to show its worth”, said Glenn.
For more information, contact Olivia Zan – Olivia_Zan@linfox.com