Dubbo leads Mainfreight's linehaul charge

Regional Transport Direct Transit strategy to see multiple handling fall, with gains expected for company and customers

September 27, 2013

Mainfreight’s Dubbo services are spearheading the national carrier’s new regional linehaul expansion strategy.

The national carrier has now unveiled a daily Melbourne-Dubbo service, cutting out the detour to Sydney.

Mainfreight puts the impetus for this particular move down to "an increased amount of freight coming in and out of this booming agricultural, farming and manufacturing region".

"The direct service from Melbourne to Dubbo means that freight will no longer need to travel to Sydney," the company says.

The broader plan – dubbed Regional Transport Direct Transit – is to offer direct services between regional centres in New South Wales and Queensland plus Darwin and major coastal cities, thereby avoiding the risks and costs of multiple handling, with gains for both the company and its customers.

"Reduced handling in the depots decreases the chance of damage and can improve transit times," the company says, while less cargo in capital city hubs will take the pressure off them.

The regional centres include Cairns, Mackay, Port Macquarie, Maroochydore, Darwin, Dubbo, Newcastle and Toowoomba, with others in the offing.

"Leading into the busy freight season, this initiative reduces the impact on our main hubs to ensure DIFOT (Delivery In Full On Time) levels remain strong," Mainfreight says.

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