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.