Northline opens SA’s first intermodal cargo hub

Transport and logistics provider Northline has opened a new purpose-built $23 million, 10,440m2 facility in Adelaide, with a direct access cargo link to rail operator Pacific National.
The facility is strategically positioned alongside the Kilburn railhead, in close proximity to Adelaide’s north-south road corridor, which is currently being upgraded with a $2.5 billion Federal and State government investment
The new Adelaide depot facilitates B-double movements, and will be a customs-compliant Quarantined Approved Premises (QAP).
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.
Craige Whitton, CEO, Northline, said the new state-of-the-art Adelaide transport and logistics 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.”
Pacific National, a partner of Northline, 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, said Andrew Adam, General Manager of Pacific National Intermodal.
“The benefits of the direct movement of rail containers between the rail terminal and Northline’s facility is already being shown with a reduction of trucks on the road and an overall improvement in supply chain efficiency.”
Northline is also seeing increasing demand for warehousing space within its facilities, and the new Adelaide facility boasts 3,500m2 of warehousing space with modern high-bay racking, along with a 440m2 wash bay and container servicing area. The facility is also located on a 30,000m2 hard stand.
The facility is the third such development facilitated for Northline by the Gibb Group.

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