Freight and logistics leaders Pacific National and Linfox have entered into an option agreement for a co-location at Adelaide Freight Terminal.
Linfox Executive Chairman Peter Fox said this development complements Linfox’s recent investments in the intermodal rail network.
“Linfox has a national footprint of strategically located railhead facilities and our new Adelaide investment further enhances our capabilities throughout Australia,” Fox said.
“We are extremely pleased to be making this new multimillion dollar investment of a world-class intermodal facility in South Australia.”
With Australia’s freight demand to grow substantially in coming decades and its increased self-reliance in a post-Covid world, progressive and seamless intermodal rail solutions will be crucial for national supply chains, said Fox.
“Linfox and our partners are investing in the future to keep Australian communities stocked and thriving. Rail freight makes sense for us, our customers and the community, with benefits for safety, productivity and the environment alike.”
Fox said these types of co-located investments in strategic locations like Adelaide, that provide a hub for the Northern Territory, Western Australia and the east coast, will enable Linfox to grow stronger for its customers.
He said moving freight from road to rail where viable also supports Linfox’s journey to zero net emissions and helps meet the carbon emission targets of customers.
Pacific National CEO Dean Dalla Valle highlighted the Adelaide Freight Terminal’s magnitude and importance: “It currently employs 125 staff (including train drivers, terminal operators and maintenance crew) who operate a total of 90 rail services in and out of the site each week, deploying interstate freight trains 1,800-metres in length.
“With more than 230 million freight TEU-kilometres travelled annually through Adelaide Freight Terminal, the intermodal site is the ‘freight gateway to the west’.”