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.