Beginning on February 2, 2010 Heinz and SCT Logistics began trialing rail services between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Heinz frozen/export distribution manager Craig Kinzett said that Heinz was keen to support the trial, which offers a similar service to that which they enjoy on the East-West rail corridor.
“It is clear that rail provides a greener form of transport on interstate routes compared to road, not to mention the social sensitivity associated with road trauma,” he said. “It is an initiative that we support both now and hopefully into the future and the results thus far in relation to price and service levels received through the trial have been encouraging.”
SCT Logistics CEO Geoff Smith confirmed that the trial was underway and that early indications are encouraging in terms of being able to provide a competitive alternative to the market.
“It’s no secret that we’ve had aspirations for some time to enter the North-South rail market,” he said. “We have adopted a long-term view on this corridor, acquiring 135 hectares of land several years ago for the purpose of developing a rail freight centre in that region. North-South rail has its challenges in terms of contesting with a highly competitive and innovative road industry.
“In saying that, we are looking to adopt an alternative approach by utilising our rail van concept as we do on the East-West rail corridor. Hopefully these trials will initiate the first step in achieving our goal of running regular services on this very important route.”
Source: T and L News