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Showing stories from June 2004

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Rex launches new routes

Posted Wednesday, 23 June, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

Regional airline Rex will launch extra services and new planes for country routes in South Australia and NSW.

Fiji approves Pacific Blue airline

Posted Wednesday, 23 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Virgin Blue Holdings' Asia Pacific carrier, Pacific Blue, has approval from the Fiji government to start flights in September.

Virgin Atlantic en route to Sydney

Posted Wednesday, 23 June, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

Virgin Atlantic yesterday confirmed plans to start daily services to Sydney from December 8, almost a year after founder Richard Branson said he would cross-dress as a Qantas hostess if his airline did not fly here by 2005.

Bomb scare disrupts commuters

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

MELBOURNE to Bendigo trains were interrupted for several hours yesterday because of a bomb scare at Sunshine Station.

Rail workers rally over jobs

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

RAIL track workers and their families from Tamworth and surrounding communities braved freezing winds on the weekend to rally against a proposed mass job loss for the area.

Community urged to get aboard rail campaign

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says the Riverina community needs to do more to back its campaign against the possible closure of regional branch lines.

NZ: Christchurch - Greymouth line at risk

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A damning report says the vital rail link to the West Coast cannot last more than two years without major repairs and investment. The report by Australian consultants Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), commissioned by the Land Transport Safety Authority (LTSA) last year, says the Midland Line between the West Coast and Canterbury is not "fit for purpose" beyond the immediate future.

Rail bookings on foreign websites: agent commission ‘at risk’

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Rail Plus has warned travel agents that they risk missing out on commissions when booking on foreign rail websites.

Integrated rail system essential for Africa

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

An integrated African rail network interconnected with the continent's ports, roads and waterways is essential for Africa's development, South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.

Pakistan - Afghanistan rail link to be established by 2008

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Pakistan's Minister for Railways Ghous Bakhsh Mahr Wednesday said that Pakistan-Afghanistan rail link would be established by 2008. He informed the National Assembly in a written reply that a plan has been chalked out to expand rail track from Chaman to Kandhar.

Snap tram strike strands commuters

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by DavidB in Tram and Light Rail News

Thousands of tram passengers Melbourne are stranded as a result of a snap strike.

Mees preaches hellfire in Auckland

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

Auckland's transport planners are the most extreme motorway-lovers in the world and should lose their jobs, says Australian expert Dr Paul Mees. Planners are still trying to implement a 50-year-old, "hate-filled" plan against public transport and are incapable of changing old habits, the Melbourne University urban and transport planning senior lecturer said in Auckland yesterday.

Wiri-Manukau City branch referred to again in NZ Herald

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

More than $300 million has been granted for two Auckland motorway extensions, both key ingredients of a western ring route aimed at bypassing traffic logjams in the central city. State funding agency Transfund today approved both 4km links, at opposite ends of the southwestern motorway, through Mt Roskill and Manukau.

Contracts for bridges for Auckland duplication let

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by Riccardo in International Rail News

* Contracts worth $3.2 million have been awarded to build or widen bridges for a duplicate rail track needed to boost the reliability of Auckland's western suburbs trains.

Work will begin this month on a second rail bridge over New North Rd at Morningside, as well as a replacement footbridge at Mt Eden Station.

The Mt Eden Rd bridge over the railway line will also be widened as part of the $23 million double-track project between Boston Rd and Morningside, which the Regional Council expects to have completed by January.

Tram drivers return to work

Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

Tram drivers have returned to work in the city and Melbourne's east after calling a snap strike this morning.

Ararat to celebrate returned passenger rail services

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

Ararat council is planning a community party for a Sunday in July, on the day it expects passenger rail services to return to the city.

Spanish man arrested in connection with train bombings

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

A Spanish man suspected of helping to acquire the stolen dynamite used in the Madrid train bombings has been arrested in the Canary Islands.

The Party Car: visiting Jackie Gleason's private train

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Legendary U.S. funnyman Jackie Gleason died on this day in 1987. 891 ABC Adelaide's Bald Brothers marked the anniversary of his death by calling the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, home to Gleason's personal train.

Ararat rail training set to start

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by DavidB in Rail News

The return of passenger railservices to Ararat has moved one step closer with Minister for Transport Peter Batchelor announcing V/Line drivers will start training on the new Ararat railway line next week.

Closure of NZ West Coast rail link 'unthinkable'

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Closing the rail link between Christchurch and the West Coast is unthinkable, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce says. It was commenting on a report commissioned for the Land Transport Safety Authority painted a bleak picture of the rail line - which carries a quarter of all freight in New Zealand.

$75m mine development threatened by rail closure

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by DavidB in International Rail News

Oceana Gold's $75 million multiple mine development at Reefton could be threatened with the potential closure of the NZ South Island's West Coast to Canterbury rail link.

$2 for $90m lease

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by James Holt in Rail News

THE US owner of Victoria's rail freight operations is threatening to sue after the State Government offered it $2 for a track lease it paid $90 million for.

Private sector rides rail reform

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by freightgate in Rail News

More than 100 local and international companies are expected to bid for the NSW government's $1.5 billion public-private partnership that seeks to modernise Sydney's ailing rail network by replacing most of the state's antiquated rolling stock.

The NSW government has fast-tracked the PPP, one of the state's largest, by simultaneously calling for private-sector financial companies to advise it on the PPP as well as companies capable of designing, building and operating the rolling stock.

Camberwell rail station to be protected from development

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by bevans in Rail News

The Victorian Government has welcomed the National Trust's decision to classify the Camberwell railway station as historically significant.

Queensland airport project grows wings

Posted Friday, 25 June, 2004 by bevans in Other Transport News

A DIRECT factory outlet selling 130 brands and an 18-hole three-par golf course for transit passengers and workers at Brisbane Airport could open within six months.


This follows City Hall's announcement yesterday to drop legal action against the Brisbane Airport Corporation project.

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