A new direct rail freight service between Adelaide and Sydney will commence today, offering improved transport options for freight forwarders and shippers using this important freight artery.

The new service will provide South Australian manufacturers and producers with competitive transport solutions when accessing eastern states markets.

Australia Southern Railroad will operate the new weekly intermodal service to Sydney, running via Broken Hill and Parkes in Central West NSW, commencing this Wednesday 30 May.

ASR is planning the development of a new purpose built intermodal freight terminal at Dry Creek South (Adelaide) to handle this and other new services (such as Adelaide to Darwin) as they expand.

This will be the first regular privately-owned freight operation to use the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s Broken Hill corridor since competition policy was applied to the rail network several years ago.

The new service will have a capacity of up to 7000 TEU's (standard containers) per annum in each direction with room for further expansion of the service as required.

ASR’s Business Development Manager, Mr Mark Lewis said, “There is an excellent opportunity for us to boost Adelaide to Sydney rail freight options and we are working closely with freight forwarders to meet their requirements. The response so far has been very positive, 60% of the service is already booked out before operations have begun.”

Mark Lewis said, “We have identified that a major concern of rail customers is terminal delays and we haven chosen the location of terminals in Adelaide and Sydney carefully in order to ensure that pick-up and deliveries are handled as efficiently as possible. “We also see the interface with FCLs’ transport hub at Parkes as an important development. Parkes is the crossroads of major North-South and East-West traffic flows.”

“We have an excellent opportunity to work cooperatively with FCL to further develop intermodal solutions based around our new service and their Parkes interchange, which provides next day delivery to 82 per cent of Australia’s population.

The Sydney bound train will depart Adelaide on Wednesday afternoons with arrival at FreightCorp’s Clyde rail freight facility in Sydney in time for Friday morning deliveries. The return service will allow Sydney customers a late Friday evening cut-off and provide an Adelaide arrival time for early collection on Monday mornings. The option of providing a through Perth connection for the new service will also be trialled.

Mark Lewis concluded by saying, “With our existing operations through to Perth, this service effectively cements ASR’s position as a transcontinental operator. It reinforces our commitment to rail both nationally and in South Australia by expanding rail services and offering new transport options to all facets of the Australian economy.”

"With upward pressure on road transport rates from increased fuel costs, combined with the environmental and social concerns that road transport creates, Australian businesses are looking for alternative transport solutions that are efficient and cost effective.”

“We believe that this new Adelaide to Sydney service will go along way to providing that alternative.”

For Further Information and Commercial Inquiries

Contact:  Mark Lewis on 8343 5332


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Australia Southern Railroad is wholly owned by the Australian Railroad Group (ARG), Australia’s largest private rail operator. ARG through ASR and its other subsidiary Australia Western Railroad (AWR), provides intrastate rail freight haulage of bulk commodities to key industries in South Australia and Western Australia, as well as short-haul shunting and terminal operations in SA. It is also a major supplier of locomotives, crews and wagon leasing services to freight forwarders and infrastructure providers operating on interstate rail corridors.

ARG is jointly owned by leading US regional rail operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and WA based conglomerate Wesfarmers.

ARG is part of the Asia Pacific Transport Consortium, which will soon start construction and operation of the Alice Springs to Darwin rail link.

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