Freightliner partners Xstrata in haulage service

Freightliner emerges as Xstrata Coal's partner in its decision to begin Hunter Valley haulage service

September 28, 2009

Freightliner Australia has emerged as Xstrata Coal’s partner in its entry into the Hunter Valley coal haulage market.

The subsidiary of UK-based Freightliner Group began operations in regional New South Wales in July by transporting containerised and agricultural products to Port Botany in Sydney.

Since then it has been widely tipped to become the third major haulage provider in the Hunter Valley behind Pacific National and Queensland Rail (QR).

Xstrata, which already has a haulage agreement with PN, announced last week the details of its plans to begin haulage services in 2011.

Freightliner Chief Executive Peter Maybury says the deal will involve three trains each consisting of three locomotives and 90 wagons.

"I am delighted that Freightliner has established this new and exciting alliance with Xstrata Coal, complementing existing services that Freightliner provides in Australia," Maybury says.

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