Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) has commenced a $1.3 billion upgrade of the North South rail network over the next three to four years which includes $421.6 million on the Main North Line from Sydney to Brisbane.
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NSW Transport Minister John Watkins says the electrification of the south coast rail line between Kiama and Bomaderry will be carried out.
Queensland Rail says it has paid out more than $180,000 in compensation to the victims of last year's tilt train derailment near Bundaberg in south-east Queensland.
No self-respecting politician would miss the chance these days to big-note themselves at a major extension of a beleaguered railway system, but when the western line reached Rydal in 1870, there was no pageantry.
The argument over a toxic waste dump may not be over in the Ballarat region. The Save the Foodbowl Alliance, which is fighting the planned location of a toxic dump near Mildura, says the toxic waste could be transported from Melbourne by rail via Ballarat.
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There were 100 sightings for the week which is three more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2460* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 183 last year was 3226).
Mr Venning says major projects that need to be undertaken urgently include a heavy vehicle bypass, a daily commuter service from Adelaide to the Barossa by rail, and the upgrade of Barossa Valley way, which he described as ‘SA's Tourism Boulevard'. The Government has recognised the need to repair the road between Lyndoch and Tanunda, but will only be able to do so as funding becomes available.
The Australia Logistics Council’s 10th meeting in Brisbane came at a busy time in our industry. Members, including Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, and representatives from Pacific National, Linfox, Qantas, and Queensland Rail met to discuss progress against the ALC’s ten point plan to avert the looming crisis in logistics where rapidly increasing demand is threatening to outstrip the capacity of the logistics system and to cement their involvement with AusLink.
One of the state's largest rail projects - the $98 million Craigieburn electrification - has suffered serious modifications and is running behind time because of budgetary problems.
Sydney will become home to an $8 million national transport and logistics centre.
The Victorian Transport Minister has agreed with Wodonga council that the Wodonga rail bypass has caused some frustration.
The Victorian Government has indicated a resumption of passenger train services between Bendigo and Echuca.
STATE Transport Minister Peter Batchelor has again been forced to defend the Regional Fast Rail Project from another Opposition attack. Opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder said the new safety system for the fast trains would endanger lives because it could not detect objects on the tracks. Ms Mulder said the new train protection warning system would be unable to warn the train driver if a vehicle was stranded at a level crossing.
The Victorian Government has been accused of putting lives at risk because of sub-standard safety on the regional fast rail system.
The major contractor building the Chatswood-to-Epping rail-link in Sydney says it has been told that a heart problem caused the death of a construction worker this week.
There were 98 sightings for the week which is two less than last week making a total for the year to date at 2558* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 190 last year was 3350).
Police have revised the timing of the deadly blasts that tore through the London Underground, saying the explosions were detonated just seconds apart and were so powerful that none of the 49 dead have been identified.
The Victorian Opposition says a winding back of the Spencer Street Station redevelopment is another example of the State Government's inability to manage major projects.
Hundreds of Connex staff took industrial action late yesterday, claiming that a lack of appropriate training meant they were unable to safely perform emergency evacuations such as those required after the London Underground attacks.
The National Party has joined the debate on funding for New South Wales grain rail lines, saying the Government's $25 million investment is appallingly inadequate and ignore the findings of a Government audit that stated $168 million was required to bring the lines up to scratch.
The weekend death of an 18-year-old Streatham man at a level crossing at Mininera, west of Ballarat, has renewed calls for more money to be spent on improving safety at Victorian level crossings.
The world is holding its breath for the great moment next Saturday. At one minute past midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, an unassuming blonde woman will enter the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle and start to read a book.
A long standing battle to secure the future of a local railway line has finally come to an end with the State Government's decision to fund the upgrade of the Greenethorpe to Koorawatha railway line.
If you didn’t grow up in the age of steam trains then you might be surprised, as ABC Capricornia’s Martin Powley was, that a steam engine is relatively quiet. Apart from the blast of the horn, the sound of the engine itself is a gentle hissing of steam and a soft hum.
ERG, a Perth smartcard vendor, has warned it may consider legal action against competitor Octopus Cards over intellectual property issues relating to the Hong Kong company's moves to market smartcard
SMART cards have generated thousands of headlines, as pundits promise a seachange in the way we think of and use everything from credit cards to train tickets.
AN international transport and technology consortium led by Keane Inc has won a $500 million contract to implement Victoria's new Smartcard ticketing system.
RAILWAY workers and their union have welcomed the $30 million upgrade to a section of track at Lock announced on June 28, but say at least double that amount is needed to ensure the future of rail on Eyre Peninsula.
There are calls for the Victorian Government to use a new ticketing system to encourage more people from regional areas to use public transport to and from Melbourne.
The worst thing about the tube last week, as it returned to work, was not the obvious stuff. Not the closure of the Piccadilly line along the section that for much of the week entombed the undiscovered dead.
Queensland Rail's (QR) coal and freight division, QRNational has hauled a record amount of freight in 2004/05. More than 176 million tonnes of freight were carried during the financial year, an increase of more than eight per cent on the previous year.
There were 97 sightings for the week which is one less than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2655* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 197 last year was 3482).
Inverell Shire Council says it would support the proposed north-south rail link going through the north-west of the region rather than the New England.
New federal Transport Minister Warren Truss has promised an end to inefficient rail safety regulation and a more strategic approach to grain line infrastructure in a speech to the Australian Rail Summit in Sydney yesterday.
Rail industry leaders are gathered in Sydney for the annual Australian rail summit.
Mr Sellenger said traffic between the Shire and City had increased "10 fold" with mining operations in the region growing rapidly.
He said plans for two more mines, at Weld Range and Jack Hills, emphasised the need for rail transport.
"Even if you look back over the past two years before Tallering Peak mine opened up north of Mullewa, the amount of traffic between Geraldton and Mullewa is considerable," Mr Sellenger said.
A mock attack on Melbourne's City Loop rail line will be carried out in coming months as the Victorian Government intensifies efforts to prepare the state for the possibility of a terrorist strike.
Glen Innes Severn Council was among 40 shires across three states that have expressed views of where the Australian Inland Rail Expressway (AIRE) will be built in a survey conducted by the Australian Transport and Energy Corridor Ltd (ATEC).
The chairman of Tourism Australia says the Robina to Coolangatta rail link on the Gold Coast should be completed as quickly as possible.
The Lithgow local government area has been bequeathed a unique heritage legacy from its place in the expansion of the railway beyond the Blue Mountains; the district boasts a concentration of some of the finest old railway buildings to be found anywhere in the State.
A PLANNED $2 billion railway link through the Murraylands may never go ahead because it is at odds with the State's major infrastructure plans.
The executive officer of the Busselton jetty has moved to reassure residents the popular icon will still attract many tourists, despite its train being out of action.
A 15-year-old Melbourne boy facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing a tram and a school bus had not considered his actions could have caused injury or death, a children's court was told today.
There were 105 sightings for the week which is eight more than last week.
Making a total for the year to date at 2760* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 204 last year was 3601).
There has been an increase in B/G traffic this week with a total of eight trains, we have seen six up grain trains, one down grain and one visit of 9140 on Tuesday. No big B/G lash ups, just one train with three locos.
The New South Wales Government says rail services between Tamworth and Armidale are expected to resume this week.
The Wodonga Chamber of Commerce is finalising its petition calling for the railway line to be moved out of the city centre.
Yarra Trams CEO/Boos Hubert Goyot is set to leave behind Melbourne's Reunified Tram Network which is run by Yarra Trains in September after 6 years at the helm as CEO of Yarra Trams for a new appointment in Genoa Italy.
In a first for a railway based tourism attraction, the heritage regional attraction called the Daylesford Spa Country Railway has become an accredited museum in the Museum Accreditation Program or MAP. MAP Accreditation recognises that the railway is committed to, is achieving, maintaining and improving upon high professional standards within both the museum and tourism industries.
Yesterday's tram derailments in central Melbourne have prompted claims from the tram drivers' union that it is only a matter of time before there are serious injuries from what it says is an unacceptable number of derailments.
Representatives from the Glen Innes Severn Council will reiterate the importance of a rail link being re-established through the New England at the New England Local Government Group meeting at Guyra on Monday.