Every year our train service takes over 100,000* trucks off our roads 

Every week, Intermodal’s trains take an average of 1,956* trucks off our roads. That’s over 100,000* truck trips every year.

Intermodal Group recognises the effects that the transport industry has on both our society and the environment. As a key part of the logistics industry, Intermodal Group promotes rail as a commercial, community and environmentally friendly solution to Perth’s transport needs.

Making rail the SMART solution

Rail provides commercial advantages through better asset utilisation, time efficiencies and wharf access advantage, as well as reducing congestion both on our roads and at the wharf.

The benefits of rail are most pronounced during peak periods, when port congestion is at its highest.

Ten solid reasons for using rail over road.

  1. Our clients avoid having to arrange and coordinate booking slots at the port terminals by using the rail interface, collecting from either Forrestfield or Kwinana
  2. Enjoy the benefits of allowing us to leverage our scale to provide a fast and efficient wharf interface via off peak bulk run movements
  3. It eliminates unproductive idle time at the port terminals waiting for collections or receivals
  4. Rail allows a greater number of containers to be moved in a single day, freeing up trucking fleets for other work and increasing capacity at no additional cost
  5. It is cost effective, minimising fleet maintenance and reducing running costs on road fleets
  6. We provide one contact point for information on container movements via the industry leading CATSYS tracking system
  7. ILS and ICS are jointly located at Forrestfield Intermodal Terminal (FIT), allowing for the best utilisation of equipment by negating lengthy truck trips to and from the Fremantle Port area
  8. Reduced delivery distances between our two terminals and the Forrestfield, Kewdale, Welshpool, Bayswater, Kwinana and surrounding areas allows a greater number of deliveries per day with less truck movements when compared with deliveries from Fremantle
  9. Reduced fuel costs and maintenance costs
  10. Commercial, community and environmental benefits of reduced road congestion.

Rail is a complementary service component to the overall supply chain

It is not a competitor to traditional road transport however servicing the wharf with a road only solution has several major challenges, particularly for larger volume clients. These include:

  • Access to wharf bookings
  • Matching wharf bookings with customer delivery times
  • Wharf detention resulting in a trade-off between unrecoverable economic costs or client service issues in passing on detention charges
  • Increased wharf congestion with more trucks servicing the wharf reducing efficiency and increasing turnaround times
  • Capital intensity.


*Assumption: One container = One Truck