Converting Road Traffic to Rail


In February, Barloworld Logistics together with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), Grindrod Terminals and Newlyn Properties celebrated the opening of the Elandsfontein Intermodal Terminal.

The terminal recently received railed cargo for the first time in almost fouryears, and is the result of a six-month project to revitalise these facilities between Barloworld Logistics and Newlyn Properties. To date, some 36 500 tons of AMSA products have been received at the terminal and warehouse.

“This initiative is the result of a successful collaborative effort between four key players, each leaders in their respective sectors, combined with AMSA’s willingness to take the first step” says Mathys Enslin, Managing Executive at Barloworld Logistics. “It is a prime illustration of how smart partnerships and close collaboration can achieve large scale results in a short period of time, and I commend each party on their willingness to break the mould and devote valuable resources to such a critical endeavour.”

Through the implementation of well-managed rail supply chain solutions, cargo is converted from road to rail, service delivery is enhanced and the time to market is significantly reduced. In addition, carbon emissions and road congestion around the key industrial locations is dramatically decreased.

With the Elandsfontein Intermodal Terminal now fully operational, the annual rail delivery of some 700 000 tons of AMSA products from various production plants will ultimately result in the reduction of over 42 000 long-haul road vehicle movements.

Barloworld Logistics