QR boosts capacity on rail service

Businesses take advantage of QR National's decision to invest in new rolling stock on the Melbourne to Perth line

August 18, 2010

Businesses are taking advantage of rail operator QR National’s decision to invest in new rolling stock on the Melbourne to Perth line.

QR Managing Director and CEO Lance Hockridge says businesses are adding more wagons to its weekly Melbourne to Perth service.

Hockridge says double-stacking of containers is being introduced in response to QR’s investment in new rolling stock.

"The growth in this service is particularly pleasing given our east-west services began less than three years ago," Hockridge says.

"We have now expanded to four weekly services on this link as we continue to build both capacity and capability across one of Australia’s most important rail transport corridors."

QR Group General Manager of Intermodal Hans Anneveldt says the operator is now offering four east-west services each week, which is twice the level of a year ago.

"By bolstering the Thursday service, we are responding to customers’ needs for increasing capacity at the end of the week with freight available in Perth for the start of the following week," Anneveldt says.

He says QR has increased its intermodal fleet by 15 locomotives in the past year, including six locomotives with advanced fuel-efficient technology.

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