Linfox marks far north Queensland expansion


Former Aurizon Queensland Intermodal business (QIB) officially launched under Linfox banner

Linfox marks far north Queensland expansion
The first Linfox train has left Mackay

 

Linfox has marked the launch of its far north Queensland presence for the first time since acquiring the former Aurizon Queensland Intermodal Business (QIB), with existing services transferred and a recruitment campaign to commence as part of the expansion.

A Linfox-managed train departed Brisbane for Mackay, with the company now offering integrated road, rail and sea services in that region.

Linfox’s purchase of QIB included the transfer of about 200 employees, customer contracts, freight forwarding, pick-up and delivery assets as well as rail wagons – plus supporting suppliers and businesses within the network.

In total, it has access to 12 new freight depots in Queensland including the Acacia Ridge Terminal.

Linfox CEO Mark Mazurek says the company will also start a recruitment campaign to expand on existing services.


Read more from the acquisition announcement in October 2018, here


"The acquisition is the culmination of two decades of effort by Linfox to expand its rail network in Far North Queensland and allow us to actively leverage our assets to better service our interstate customer base as well," he says.

"Today marks the doubling of Linfox’s Australian intermodal capability and provides the business a platform for further volume and markets share growth in the expanding Queensland market," Mazurek says.

"Through investments in safety and compliance and our commitment to exceptional customer service, we are working to ensure the commercial success and continued growth of our new Queensland operations.

"Our first focus especially during the current challenging weather conditions is to deliver enhanced rail and road services to current and prospective customers and to identify ways to better meet and exceed their needs.

"Linfox is committed to the national intermodal freight market and this acquisition is just the beginning of the company’s long-term investment in the region and overall rail infrastructure around the country."

With the timing of the announcement during north Queensland's major weather event, when asked if it had nailed down its maritime services amongst other service disruptions, Linfox tells ATN: "As always, the safety of our people is Linfox’s number one priority. While some disruptions are to be expected in the circumstances, Linfox is working closely with network operators, local authorities and our customers to determine the safest, most reliable way in which to provide the services on which our customers rely during this extreme weather event."

 

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