A NSW safety committee has stopped short of calling for a single agency to take responsibility for railway road crossings despite an average of five deaths a year in crashes between trains and motor vehicles.
A recent Queensland Competition Authority draft ruling could deter further private-sector investment in state infrastructure and erode crucial returns from government-owned businesses like Energex and Queensland Rail, analysts have warned.
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A young girl has been killed after being hit by a train at Boronia, in Melbourne's east.
Rail services across the Blue Mountains; they're an essential part of life for the region that over the years have been subject to more 'informed' rumour and speculation than probably any other Government facility.
The WA State Government is taking legal advice on whether to penalise the maker of Kalgoorlie's two new multi-million-dollar Prospector trains over a string of mechanical and electrical problems since they were launched in June.
(Article from The West Australian Newspaper - 2/11/04)
The Victorian Property Council of Australia has called on the State Government to establish a "one-stop shop" to streamline the management of the growing number of public-private partnerships in the state.
In September, Leighton Holdings chief executive Wal King accused the State Government of imposing "expensive, onerous and unwarranted requirements" on private companies in PPP ventures. Mr King was reported as saying the Government had treated a partnership with Leighton to build the Spencer Street railway station as a "master-slave relationship".
Whether this quango has the power to force the issue in favour of rail against the NZ road lobby is moot. It looks like ARC is a 'coordinating' agency rather than a 'spending' one. But better than nothing, I suppose
Maryborough Mayor Barbara Hovard says a contract to build 72 new train carriages for the south-east Queensland rail network is very significant for the city.
The Daily Telegraph believes it has found the worst peak-hour train ride in NSW – one that is constantly late and on which regulars are now turning on one another like participants in a twisted reality TV show.
Signal failures on the Beenleigh line this morning caused delays of 90 minutes for rail commuters.
Another drop in the number of sightings this week with 92 trains, which is 13 sightings down on last week. The total number of sightings for the year to date is 5239 (we had 3603 up to day 311 in 2003). A few trains may have been missing due to the Melbourne Cup holiday in Melbourne on Tuesday?
AN ORMAND MAN 26, SUFFERED SEVERE ARM INJURIES AFTER BEING RUN OVER BY A TRAIN WHILE ON THE TRACKS AT GLEN HUNTLY RAILWAY STATION AT ABOUT 12:35AM YESTERDAY. IT IS BELIEVED HE MAY HAVE FALLAN FROM THE PLATFORM.
EMERGENCY SERVICES FREED THE MAN FROM UNDER THE TRAIN AND TOOK HIM TO THE ALFRED HOSPITAL.
THE MAN WAS IN A SERIOUS, BUT STABLE CONDITION.
New South Wales's Railcorp says training programs have been introduced to help staff cope with abuse from passengers who are angry about trains running late.
TV's favourite adventurer heads off through some of the most remote and rugged terrain on Earth en route to the Himalayas. Brian Courtis reports.
Michael Palin is pretty sure now it is an addiction. Television's best-known world traveller says his insatiable curiosity, the places on the map he still wants to visit, and his very real interest in other people's lives all suggest he will keep coming back for adventure.
Auckland City Deputy Mayor Dr Bruce Hucker will today point the council in a strongly left direction with a raft of social programmes spanning low-cost rental housing, educational help for immigrants and working closely with gay, lesbian and transgender communities.
An anti-nuclear protester has died in north-eastern France after being run over by a train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany, regional authorities said.
Travellers had a chance to share concerns about rail services with The Nationals' Dubbo candidate Jen Cowley and Opposition transport services spokesman Mike Gallacher yesterday.
Toll NZ wants to build more rail equipment in New Zealand, including new locomotives. In his first interview since becoming Toll NZ's rail chief, Gary Taylor said yesterday the company was now considering options for new locomotives.
The Urban Development Institute of Australia has echoed calls for governments to act now to avert a future infrastructure crisis. A report has found there has been a lack of planning and money spent on rail, roads, water treatment and electricity.
Historic Rupertswood station due to be demolished. One of rupertswood's train platforms will be demolished and the other decommissioned to make way for the regional fast rail project, cutting off salesian college from rail services.
Rail unions were to meet today to discuss the NSW government's pay offer as they ruled out strike action this week while HSC exams continue.
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson convened a meeting of union officials this morning to discuss the pay offer and a possible strike.
California High Speed Rail Authority officials unveiled a tentative map of routes for the proposed statewide bullet train on Wednesday – a plan that includes a 120-mile, nonstop stretch between Bakersfield and Fresno.
The proposed rail link to Glasgow Airport will fail to accomplish its intentions as presently conceived. Certainly, it will be attractive to those living south of the river but its appeal will be small for the many on the north bank. Connections through Central low level station for any particular route are too infrequent and indirect.
The Indian Railways has announced plans to introduce bullet trains between Bangalore-Chennai and Mumbai-Ahmedabad. Minister of State for Railways, R Velu, said that a Japanese firm had been asked to prepare a feasibility study for the project by the end of the current financial year.
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), the public company that manages and operates the railway, metro and tram lines of Valencia region, has ordered 10 four-car trains for the Valencia metro from Alstom.
state and his personal security guard were for travelling ticketless on a train. Awadh Bihari Choudhry, a member of federal railways minister Laloo Prasad Yadav's regional RJD party and a minister in Bihar's government, had to pay 1,412 rupees to avoid arrest.
NSW Transport Minister Michael Costa today defended a $15,000 pay rise for RailCorp chief Vince Graham, saying he had a difficult job.
The NSW Government will today identify what issues it is prepared to negotiate in an attempt to halt a proposed one-day rail strike. The battle between train drivers and the Carr Government spilled into the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) this week where conciliatory talks are continuing.
The rail industry has reignited the transport funding debate, accusing big trucks of not paying their way. Stephen O'Donnell, chairman of the Australasian Railway Association, said car owners were effectively paying 40 per cent more than they should to subsidise the impact of long-haul trucks on Australia's highways.
A speeding passenger train derailed and fell into a ravine in the northern Philippines early today, overturning several times and killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 118 others, officials said.
Rail chiefs are set to demand compensation from Edinburgh City Council amid claims a tram project will threaten plans to build over Haymarket Station’s car park.
Hitachi announces that it has been selected as preferred supplier to deliver around 30 high-speed "A-trains" to operate domestic services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) and local lines in Kent as part of the new Integrated Kent Franchise. Each train will consist of 6 coaches and will have the ability to rapidly couple to operate as 12 coach trains. Hitachi will also maintain the new trains, initially for the duration of the new Integrated Kent Franchise.
Swedish passenger rail operator SJ has increased its quarterly profit by reducing costs 10%. Jobs have been cut and catering and cleaning have been insourced. Though revenue fell 2%, profit increased to SEK67m.
Bombardier Transportation and joint venture partner Australian train manufacturer EDI Rail have been awarded an order by the Queensland Government in Australia to build 24 three-car electric commuter trains. The contract is valued at approximately US$158 million (AU$212 million). Bombardier’s share of the contract will be US$74 million (AU$99 million).
FOUR women and a 12-year-old girl died and at least 10 people were injured in a stampede at the Indian capital's main railway station today as hordes of people tried to board a train, officials said.
Yesterday the year-long secret was revealed: this Christmas the Myer windows feature the theme of Chris Van Allsburg's children's book, The Polar Express, the story of a boy who boards a train bound for the North Pole.
German DB AG has improved its earnings after tax to -€54m, and revenue grew 4% in the first nine months of the year. Passenger-kilometers were flat at 52,1bn. Also, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder thinks it's a bad idea to break out the rail infrastructure from DB.
This weeks sightings are up by six trains to 98 sightings for the week, the total sightings for the year to date is 5429 (3685 on day 318 last year). There were only 17 sightings on the B/G which included three visits from 9140 mixed goods from Mildura.
TransAdelaide says it is pleased it was able to provide extra train services for Adelaide's Christmas pageant yesterday despite an ongoing strike by outsourced maintenance workers.
At least 79 people were injured, one seriously, when seven carriages of a high speed train derailed in southern Queensland. Police said the Tilt Train came off the tracks about 12.15am (AEST, 1.15am AEDT) about 400km north of Brisbane, near the Queensland coastal city of Bundaberg.
At least five people have serious injuries after a high-speed train derailment in south-east Queensland. A Tilt Train service with 157 passengers and seven staff on board came off the tracks north of Bundaberg just after midnight.
Tilt Train Derailment Near Bundaberg Queensland
16 November, 2004
At the request of the Queensland Government, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has dispatched a team of Transport Safety Investigators to conduct an investigation into the Tilt Train Accident near Bundaberg which occurred in the early hours of 16 November 2004.
Three separate investigations are under way into yesterday's tilt train accident in central Queensland. The accident is being investigated by police, Queensland Rail and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
Canada's two leading freight railways have taken more steps to share tracks and equipment to make them both more efficient.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will host the first of three regional meetings in Newport News today to discuss a study on high speed rail between Hampton Roads and Richmond.
The Railways have decided to set up Internet Cyber Cafes at 51 stations across the country in the current financial year under the aegis of the RailTel Corporation of India Ltd.
Police and Queensland Rail (QR) have confirmed that the Tilt Train involved in a derailment in central Queensland this week was travelling more than 50 kilometres per hour above the speed limit when the accident happened.
The father and grandfather of Bob Carr were train drivers. His Transport Services Minister, Michael Costa, the son of a train guard, once trained to be a train driver and was president of the train drivers' union. Costa's hand-picked rail boss, Vince Graham, is the son of a train driver, and started as an apprentice on the railways.
So why, with such impeccable pedigrees at the top, is our rail system in such a mess and the Government's relationship with train drivers at an all-time low? Perhaps some complex Freudian drama is playing out every time the 7.20 from Bankstown runs late.
The backlog of maintenance spending on the state's creaking rail network has ballooned to almost $680 million. Most is in country NSW, where $596 million of maintenance work had banked up by June - $57 million more than last year, according to the NSW Auditor-General, Bob Sendt.
Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has had to abandon plans to build a rail line circling the capital in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Ambulance paramedics are at the scene of an accident involving a train and a truck near the Hampton Railway station in Melbourne's south.
New bullet train lines near green light
Prefectural haggling may delay 1.16 trillion yen three-way shinkansen project
Prospects look good for a ruling coalition proposal to begin constructing three shinkansen lines in fiscal 2005.
The passenger hub of the new Spencer St station will open to the public 753 days late. Work will not be finished on the project dubbed "Treasure Island" until December 22 next year, the Auditor-General said.
A proposed $100 million Government settlement with the owners of the airport railway line may not be the last public money poured into the troubled link if Sydney's late-running trains are not brought up to scratch.
French railways took on low-cost, no-frills airlines yesterday with a high-speed train to shuttle internet-savvy urbanites between Paris and the Mediterranean for as little as £13 each way — plus extra for a massage.
NSW rail workers took to the platforms today to hand out fliers explaining why they were not to blame for the city's train woes. Rail staff handed out 50,000 fliers to commuters at stations across Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast, claiming they were just as much victims of poor train services as the travelling public.
One defiant woman threatening a day of civil disobedience, took on Premier Bob Carr – and won. Yesterday Rebecca Turner, The Daily Telegraph's Captain Commuter, brought the State Government to its knees, forcing Mr Carr to back her two-week campaign for a fare-free day on all Sydney trains on Monday.
Trains in some parts of Scotland suffered their worst delays for years during the month after First ScotRail took over the franchise, according to figures to be published today.
THE two drivers of a derailed tilt train have offered their "deepest sympathy" to injured passengers but have declined to discuss revelations the train was speeding. Queensland Rail has released "black box" data showing the train was travelling at almost twice the speed limit when it crashed.
A freight train has derailed near a railway crossing in South Australia's Adelaide Hills, damaging a station platform and narrowly missing homes. One freight container has come off the rails near the on Main Road crossing, and several other containers are tangled up further down the line.
The derailment of a freight train today in the Adelaide Hills would disrupt passenger services for about four days, authorities said today. A Pacific National freight train derailed at Belair, east of Adelaide, about 10am (CDT) today, causing damage to a train station and blocking a road but causing no injuries.
The British Government is putting pressure on the Strategic Rail Authority to keep quiet about the success of South Eastern Trains - the only rail franchise in state hands since Connex lost the licence a year ago.
The Czech train operating company CD took delivery of the first two of seven tilting Pendolino trains last year, but they will not be put into service until next year due to problems the trains cause with the Czech signalling system.
TRAINS will run all night this New Year's Eve to avoid last year's shambles, when thousands of revellers were stranded.
A fare-free day on Sydney's troubled rail network failed to ease the frustrations of long-suffering commuters. Angry passengers said they would still rather pay for a punctual train than have the aggravation of waiting for a free one that's still running late.
The parents of two teenagers killed when struck by express trains on the same level crossing in Melbourne want an urgent safety upgrade at the site. David Bramwells, whose daughter Alana Nobbs, 15, was killed on the Centre Road level crossing near Bentleigh railway station on Friday morning, and Maureen Rainey, whose son Troy, 18, was killed six years earlier, spoke out today on the crossing's safety.
The company building the Perth to Mandurah railway expects more of its striking workers to return to the job today after issuing orders against them.
An emergency braking system on Melbourne's trains that should activate if a driver loses consciousness is unreliable and should be replaced, an independent report says.
The need for a dependable safety system has also been underlined by a survey of Melbourne train drivers in which more than 60 per cent admitted having been in charge of a train while drowsy or inattentive.
New South Wales Assistant Planning Minister, Diane Beamer, yesterday presented a cheque for $130,900 to Parkes Shire Council to assist in the preparation of a strategic plan for land use in the region over the next 20 to 25 years.
Distraught relatives and friends have farewelled a 15-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl, who was killed when she was struck by a train at Bentleigh last week.
Construction has begun on a bridge at a rail crossing near Gerogery, in southern NSW, where five young men were killed in a traffic accident nearly four years ago. The $6 million bridge on the Olympic Highway is the next phase of the Five Mates Crossing project.
A MAN and a youth have been charged following an overnight incident in which rocks and a concrete slab were thrown through a police station window in the West Australian holiday town of Dunsborough.
THE Ballarat rail line will be renamed the Eureka Line to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka uprising. Premier Steve Bracks announced the name change at the Ballarat Railway Station yesterday as part of a visit by the State Cabinet.
AFTER months of strife for NSW rail commuters, the Carr Government is close to a breakthrough deal with unions aimed at averting threatened statewide strikes and putting chronically delayed services back on track. Four days of intense negotiations between senior union officials and a specially appointed government troubleshooter have led to a two-stage agreement on pay and work practices that both sides hope can fix the state's beleaguered rail network.
The adventure has already started and I haven't even reached Central Station. "The country platforms?" the cab driver asks. "Yes," I reply, trying to hide the excitement in my voice. "The country platforms."
A STUDY of rail-related fatalities has found the suicide rate has dramatically increased in the past decade while the number of accidental deaths was down.
Train drivers battle for trauma compo
Living with gruesome reality
Deaths haunt driver
Britain's only publicly run train franchise is outperforming its private competitors in both punctuality and customer satisfaction, putting pressure on the Government to keep it in the public sector
Work is due to commence new year on a new railway station in Dublin's Docklands. The station, which will be located between the IFSC and the Point Depot, will be used by trains from lines to the west of the city.
Hong Kong's underground rail operator, MTR Corporation, has made its fourth attempt to expand into Britain by taking a 29 per cent stake in a joint venture to bid for a commuter and high-speed train franchise.
Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Inc and British firm Serco have been selected to build a major mass transit system in the Vancouver area, although it still requires approval from the B.C. government.
If Melbourne is to show a happy face, Flinders Street Station will need a lot of work, writes Alan Atwood. ONE night recently I was gazing across the Yarra from the south side of Princes Bridge. I was admiring the view, especially the venerable Flinders Street Station all lit up, when I remembered the music I once heard seeping out of the building.
A new shipping company has struck a one-off deal with NT railway owner-operator FreightLink to shift more than 60 Chinese freight containers from Darwin to Adelaide next week. But Hai Win Shipping director Frank Guerra told the Northern Territory News yesterday a vital long-term deal with FreightLink was yet to be struck.
Sydney's population grows by almost 1000 a week but the train system is at a standstill, the buses crawl at horse-and-buggy pace through the CBD, and the transport duo, Costa and Scully, are implacably opposed to light rail. It's enough to make an urbanite weep. The Government's successful policy of urban consolidation has not been matched by a workable public transport policy.
A PASSENGER train slammed into a mini-van on Indonesia's Java island today, killing 12 people and seriously injuring another, a radio report said. The collision occurred near Padaharja village in Central Java, about 200km south-west of Jakarta, Captain M Sahri was quoted by radio Elshinta as saying.
Metropolitan train cancellations jumped alarmingly last month compared to September, with frustrated commuters forced to put up with an average of 23 cancelled trains a day. Connex said 712 trains were cancelled last month because of continuing driver shortages, faulty trains and vandalism. In September, 478 trains were cancelled.
Queensland Rail says there was no risk of a collision when a freight train stopped for no apparent reason south of Mooloolah train station on the Sunshine Coast.
Builders rushing to finish the behind-schedule Spencer Street Station redevelopment will stop work for two weeks over Christmas, despite requests from construction firm Leighton Holdings that the Government close the station at night because it needs more site access.
The Victorian Minister for Transport, Peter Batchelor, has rejected Opposition claims the regional fast rail project is well over budget and cost blowouts will continue.
TOWNSVILLE'S old north railway yard is to be transformed into a $220 million residential, commercial and retail precinct, providing a $400 million economic boost to the CBD. Transport Minister Paul Lucas announced the signing of a development deed between Queensland Rail and a consortium led by Townsville developer Honeycombes yesterday, signalling a go-ahead for the ambitious project.
Small business owners in south-west Queensland have been reassured by Queensland Rail that they will not lose their cold freight service. The Member for Warrego, Howard Hobbs, raised the issue in the final sitting of State Parliament for the year.