Northline hails opening of Adelaide intermodal facility


Matthew Gibb, Craige Whitton and state premier Jay Weatherill at the opening
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Pacific National and Gibb Group on hand to back initiative

 

Northline has opened its $23 million Adelaide intermodal transport and logistics facility with a direct access cargo link to rail firm Pacific National.

The facility, alongside the Kilburn railhead, aims to improve transit speed and efficiency through multi-modal integration.

The new Adelaide depot, which facilitates B-double movements, is close to Adelaide’s north-south road corridor, which is currently being upgraded with a $2.5 billion federal and state government investment. It will also be a ‘quarantined approved premises’ (QAP), and therefore customs compliant," the company says.

Northline’s investment in Adelaide is the final stage of a three year, $98 million investment in new transport and logistics facilities in four states and territories.

The company has also opened new depots in Darwin, Brisbane, Townsville and Sydney as well as moving into a dedicated depot in Mackay.

Northline CEO Craige Whitton says the 10,440 square metre facility "is an investment in the efficiency and effectiveness of our customer’s supply chain.

"Northline recognises the need for a multi-modal solution to meet customer’s needs which has led us to bringing road and rail closer together as well as ensuring easy access to Australia’s major seaports for import/export.

"With investments made over the last three years, Northline now has one of the most modern networks of transport and logistics depots across mainland Australia."

Key partner Pacific National welcomed the company’s investment "recognising the need for greater collaboration between road and rail transport providers".

"Northline’s facility represents the first intermodal cargo link operation in South Australia," Pacific National Intermodal GM Andrew Adam says.

"Northline’s facility represents the first intermodal cargo link operation Mr Adam said the long term partnership between Northline and Pacific National is based on innovation and this cargo link facility is further evidence of this innovation.

"The benefits of the direct movement of rail containers between the rail terminal and Northline’s facility are already being shown with a reduction of trucks on the road and an overall improvement in supply chain efficiency."

Northline sys it is also seeing increasing demand for warehousing space within its facilities, and the new Adelaide facility boasts 3500 sqm of warehousing space with modern high bay racking, along with a 440 sqm wash bay and container servicing area.

The facility is also located on a 30,000 sqm hard stand.

The Adelaide depot continues the company’s ongoing relationship with developer Gibb Group.

Gibb Group MD Matthew Gibb said his firm is "naturally very excited and proud to be delivering our third facility for Northline and our first in Adelaide".

The new facility is at 20 Gallipoli Drive, Regency Park.

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